Journal of Clinical Nursing

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Debra Jackson Editors: Sue Barnason, Carol Haigh, Leslie Gelling and Graeme D Smith

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 31/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 34/116 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2702

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It has long been known that the consequences of a period of critical illness extends far beyond the walls of the critical care unit, or even the hospital. Some hospitals now have follow-up clinics for patients who have experienced a period of admission to a critical care unit where individuals have described long-term physical and psychological consequences, including ongoing pain and nightmares. It is clear that the provision of care should extend far beyond the period of critical illness if individuals are to be supported to make a good recovery. In this paper, Kean et al. (2017) present the findings of their longitudinal qualitative study in which they interviewed 17 participants on four occasions for up to a year following their discharge from critical care. It remains uncommon to see longitudinal approaches adopted in qualitative research but the focus of this research was undoubtedly suited to this approach. This research must have generated a huge amount of data but the findings offer a fascinating insight into patients’ experiences of surviving a period of critical illness. The authors highlight that surviving goes far beyond recovery and is about ‘moving on to life postcritical illness’. Importantly, this research emphasises that no schedule can be set for recovery but it has to happen in each individual’s own time frame. This findings from this thorough qualitative study make an insightful and useful contribution to what is already known about the medium to long-term consequences of a period of critical illness and how patients survive.
Dr Leslie Gelling
October 2017

'Intensive care unit survivorship’ – a constructivist grounded theory of surviving critical illness
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