47-403 / Psychological support for ICU patients and their families

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GOP Information
Organisation sharing the GOP
Related practices from PaSQ database
Nicosia General Hospital – Intensive Care Forum

 

Topic
Patient involvement
Category
Patient involvement
Communication
GOP Description
Implementation level
Local
Clinical settings
The practice has been implemented in the Intensive Care Unit of Nicosia General hospital
Objectives
•    Improvement of the health care quality
•    Improvement of the communication between health care personnel and patients
•    Improvement of the communication between health care personnel and patients’ families
•    Patients are more compliant to the therapy
•    Decrease the prevalence of stress and depression levels among patients and their families
•    Increase of patients’ and relatives’ satisfaction
Population
ICU patients and their families
Methods
Methodology
The role of the psychologist in the ICU
1.    Daily present in the ICU and at the morning round of the doctors
2.    Introduction of the psychologist to the families by the medical personnel
3.    Recommendation for a psychological session
Psycho-social evaluation
1.    Demographics
2.    Socio-economic Status
3.    Anxiety Inventory
Psychological Support
1.    Brief Integrative Psychotherapy
2.    Crisis Intervention
3.    Psycho-education
4.    Communication Skills education
Timeframe implementation
Immediate implementation
Implementation tools available
There is a flow chart that describes the psychological support procedure upon admission of the patient
Implementation cost
One FTE Psychologist
Results
Method used to measure the results
There is currently a collection of data but without any further analysis of the results
Results
Not yet analysed and published.
But there has been improvement in several fields.
Better communication among patients, families and the health care professionals. Decrease of stress and anxiety levels of the relatives. Patient and families satisfaction level increased regarding the care of the ICU. There has been a decrease of conflicts between families and personnel
Analysis of the results
There is no further analysis of the results
Implementation barriers
Did you find implementation barriers?
No
Please describe implementation barriers
There is no specified text here
Describe the strategies used to overcome the barriers (If needed)
There is no specified text here
Other information
Other information about the GOP that you would like to add (Link or attached document)
The above service has been implemented in the Intensive Care Unit of NGH for 3 years. The services of the psychologist are provided by a non profitable organisation, the Intensive Care Forum.