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Trends and recommendations for critical care nursing research in the Nordic countries: Triangulation of review and survey data

Journal article
Authors I. Egerod
G. Kaldan
B. Lindahl
B. S. Hansen
J. F. Jensen
M. O. Collet
K. Halvorsen
T. Eriksson
Sepideh Olausson
H. I. Jensen
Published in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
Volume 56
Pages 8
ISSN 0964-3397
Publication year 2020
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 8
Language en
Keywords Critical care nursing, Intensive care unit, Survey, Research priorities, Review, research priorities, education, unit, Nursing
Subject categories Nursing


Background: Priorities for critical care nursing research have evolved with societal trends and values. In the 1980s priorities were the nursing workforce, in 1990s technical nursing, in 2000s evidence-based nursing and in 2010s symptom management and family-centred care. Objectives: To identify current trends and future recommendations for critical care nursing research in the Nordic countries. Methods: We triangulated the results of a literature review and a survey. A review of two selected critical care nursing journals (2016-2017) was conducted using content analysis to identify contemporary published research. A self-administered computerised cross-sectional survey of Nordic critical care nursing researchers (2017) reported current and future areas of research. Results: A review of 156 papers identified research related to the patient (13%), family (12%), nurse (31%), and therapies (44%). Current trends in the survey (n = 76, response rate 65%) included patient and family involvement, nurse performance and education, and evidence-based protocols. The datasets showed similar trends, but aftercare was only present in the survey. Future trends included symptom management, transitions, rehabilitation, and new nursing roles. Conclusion: Critical care nursing research is trending toward increased collaboration with patient and family, delineating a shift toward user values. Recommendations include long-term outcomes and impact of nursing. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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