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Relocation stress in critical care: a review of the literature

McKinney, AA and Melby, Vidar (2002) Relocation stress in critical care: a review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 11 (2). pp. 149-157. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118922731/issue

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2002.00577.x


Transfer to the ward following a period in intensive care may cause stress for patients. A review of the literature reveals that this phenomenon has been described in a number of different ways, such as transfer stress, transfer anxiety, translocation syndrome and, more recently, relocation stress. This paper reviews the various concepts before arriving at a more operational definition of the phenomenon. It attempts to reveal what causes this phenomenon and to what extent it exists. Patients' responses to transfer are identified and the physical and psychological problems that have been associated with discharge from intensive care are discussed. Lists of interventions that the literature suggests may reduce or prevent this phenomenon from occurring are reviewed. Recommendations for practice development and further research are made.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
ID Code:4410
Deposited By: Dr Vidar Melby
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 15:18
Last Modified:11 Apr 2013 09:05

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