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    Beliefs and attitudes of intensive care nurses toward visits and open visiting policy.

    Authors
    Berti D, Ferdinande P, Moons P 
    Source
    Intensive Care Med 2007 Jun; 33(6) :1060-5.
    Abstract

    To describe the beliefs and attitudes of intensive care unit (ICU) nurses toward visiting, visiting hours, and open visiting policies in critical care settings.A descriptive, cross-sectional, multicenter survey.Seventeen hospitals in Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium), including 30 ICUs. Sixteen mixed adult medical/surgical ICUs, three medical ICUs, five surgical ICUs, three coronary care units, two post-cardiac surgery ICUs, and one burn unit.A total of 531 intensive care nurses.We devised a questionnaire comprising 20 items assessing beliefs and 14 items assessing attitudes. Nurses indicated their level of agreement for each statement on a five-point rating scale. Nurses believed that open visiting hampers planning of adequate nursing care (75.2%), interferes with direct nursing care (73.8%), and causes nurses to spend more time in providing information to the patients' families (82.3%). The presumed effects of visits on the patients and families were contradictory. Most nurses (75.3%) did not want to liberalize the visiting policy of their unit.ICU nurses have rather skeptical beliefs and attitudes toward visiting and open visiting policy. This suggests that the culture at Flemish ICUs is not ready for a drastic liberalization of the visiting policy.

    Mesh
    Attitude of Health Personnel
    Belgium
    Humans
    Intensive Care
    Intensive Care Units
    Nurses
    Organizational Policy
    Questionnaires
    Visitors to Patients
    Language

    eng

    Pub Type(s)
    Journal Article
    PubMed ID

    17384930

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