Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

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Edited By: Päivi Åstedt-Kurki and Marja Kaunonen

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 30/114 (Nursing)

Online ISSN: 1471-6712

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FREE Editor's Choice paper - September 2017

Health professionals perceive teamwork with relatives as an obstacle in their daily work – a focus group interview
Jannie Laursen, Malene Broholm and Jacob Rosenberg

The article provides a multiprofessional view for an actual and important topic. Authors describe their purpose to explore health professionals’ experiences of relatives to critically ill patients in order to identify aspects that may facilitate a better understanding of the teamwork between health professionals and patients’ relatives.

In this qualitative study, which has phenomenological-hermeneutical orientation, data were collected using focus group interviews. Qualitative content analysis was used as the analysis method.

As results the paper describes two themes: 1. The hospital culture does not always integrate patient’s relatives and 2. Health professionals felt that relatives took their resources and that relatives were obstacles in their daily work. According to the results professionals were aware of relatives’ wishes and they wanted to provide good service for patients and their families, but they have noticed that the hospital culture did not include relatives in the care.

The authors conclude that health professionals felt divided between the system and individual sphere. They also felt that the organization is not providing enough resources to handle relatives in a proper way. More empirical research to integrate relatives better in care is needed.

Päivi Åstedt-Kurki, Editor in Chief, SJCS

Marja Kaunonen, Associate Editor, SJCS

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