Title: Beliefs and attitudes of intensive care nurses toward visits and open visiting policy
Authors: Berti, Dana ×
Ferdinande, Patrick
Moons, Philip #
Issue Date: 27-Mar-2007
Publisher: Springer International
Series Title: Intensive care medicine vol:33 pages:1060-1065
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To describe the beliefs and attitudes of intensive care unit (ICU) nurses toward visiting, visiting hours, and open visiting policies in critical care settings. DESIGN: A descriptive, cross-sectional, multicenter survey. SETTING: Seventeen hospitals in Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium), including 30 ICUs. Sixteen mixed adult medical/surgical ICUs, three medical ICUs, five surgical ICUs, three coronary care units, two post-cardiac surgery ICUs, and one burn unit. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 531 intensive care nurses. MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: We devised a questionnaire comprising 20 items assessing beliefs and 14 items assessing attitudes. Nurses indicated their level of agreement for each statement on a five-point rating scale. Nurses believed that open visiting hampers planning of adequate nursing care (75.2%), interferes with direct nursing care (73.8%), and causes nurses to spend more time in providing information to the patients' families (82.3%). The presumed effects of visits on the patients and families were contradictory. Most nurses (75.3%) did not want to liberalize the visiting policy of their unit. CONCLUSIONS: ICU nurses have rather skeptical beliefs and attitudes toward visiting and open visiting policy. This suggests that the culture at Flemish ICUs is not ready for a drastic liberalization of the visiting policy.
ISSN: 0342-4642
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
Laboratory of Intensive Care Medicine
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

Files in This Item:
File Description Status SizeFormat
Berti Intensive Care Med 2007 BAVIQ.pdfQuestionnaire Published 81KbAdobe PDFView/Open Request a copy
Berti Intensive Care Med 2007 vol33 p1060-1065.pdf Published 584KbAdobe PDFView/Open Request a copy

These files are only available to some KU Leuven Association staff members


All items in Lirias are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

© Web of science