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A concept analysis of the sensoristrain experienced by intensive care patients

Black, Pauline, McKenna, Hugh and Deeny, Patrick (1997) A concept analysis of the sensoristrain experienced by intensive care patients. Intensive and Critcal Care Nursing, 13 (4). pp. 209-214. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964339797800456

DOI: 10.1016/S0964-3397(97)80045-6


Psychological disturbances that patients may experience during admission to intensive care units (ICUs) can have distressing implications for their emotional and physical integrity, progress and subsequent recovery. It is widely believed by practitioners and reflected in professional literature that these disturbances are precipitated by sensory deprivation or overload in the physical environment of intensive care units. In this paper the sources and mechanism of the sensory imbalances experienced by these patients are examined. A new concept — sensoristrain — has been developed in an attempt to promote awareness and improve understanding of the phenomenon among nurses. Once this has been achieved, assessment and identification of patients at risk are optimized and appropriate interventions can be formulated. Using an eclectic approach to analyse sensoristrain, both causes and effects of the phenomenon have been identified from the literature. This information has been combined with practical examples in the development of a model of the concept sensoristrain. The paper concludes by outlining the resulting implications for nursing practice, which may be used to guide future research both in concept development and identification of effective prevention of the phenomenon conceptualized and interventions if it occurs.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:19699
Deposited By: Barbara Wilson (Admin)
Deposited On:22 Aug 2011 10:28
Last Modified:22 Aug 2011 10:28

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