A nurse–family partnership intervention to increase the self-efficacy of family caregivers and reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infection in catheterized patients

Authors

  • Kwo-Chen Lee RN PhD,

    Assistant Professor
    1. School of Nursing, China Medical University and Hospital, China Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
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  • Yann-Fen C Chao RN PhD,

    Professor
    1. School of Nursing, Mackay Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan
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  • Yueh-Mien Wang RN Diploma,

    Head Nurse
    1. Department of Nursing, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
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  • Pi-Chu Lin RN EdD

    Associate Professor, Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing and Master Program in Long-Term Care, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
    • Correspondence: Pi-Chu Lin, School of Nursing and Master Program in Long-Term Care, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, 250 Wuxing Street, Taipei 11031, Taiwan. Email: pclin02@gmail.com

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  • P-C Lin and Y-M Wang contributed equally to this paper.
  • Contribution: K-CL, Y-FCC, P-CL contributed to the study design, whereas K-CL and Y-MW contributed to the data collection and data analysis, and K-CL and P-CL prepared themanuscript.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a nurse–family partnership model on the self-efficacy of family caregivers (FCs) and the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) among patients. A randomized controlled study was conducted. We recruited 61 patients and their FCs, who were randomly divided into an experimental group (n= 30) and a control group (n= 31). In the experimental group, the main caregivers comprised a nurse–family partnership, whereas the control participants received routine care. The findings were as follows: (i) the incidence of CAUTI was lower in the experimental group than in the control group (20% vs. 38.8%), but the difference was not statistically significant; and (ii) no significant difference emerged for reported Caregiver Self-Efficacy Score between the two groups. The nursing team and FCs must become partners in cooperative caregiving to enhance the quality of patient care.

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