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Attitudes of nurses towards family involvement in the care for patients with cardiovascular diseases.
Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Research Group Nursing Diagnostics, Groningen, Netherlands.
KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leuven, Belgium.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Linköping, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 16, no 4, 299-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: There is increasing evidence supporting the relationship between family support and patient outcomes. Therefore, involving families in the care of cardiovascular patients is expected to be beneficial for patients. The quality of the encounter with families highly depends on the attitudes of nurses towards the importance of families in patient care.

AIM: The aim of this study was to describe the attitudes of nurses towards family involvement in patient care and to investigate the individual contributions of demographic, professional and regional background characteristics.

METHOD: A survey was distributed among cardiovascular nurses attending an international conference in Norway and a national conference in Belgium. Nurses were asked to complete a questionnaire, including the Families' Importance in Nursing Care - Nurses' Attitudes scale. The study population consisted of respondents from Belgium (n = 348) and from Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark; n = 77).

RESULTS: In general, nurses viewed the family as important in care. However, attitudes towards actively inviting families to take part in patient care were less positive. Higher educational level and a main practice role in research, education or management were significantly associated with more positive attitudes. Furthermore, the attitudes of respondents living in Scandinavia were more positive as compared to the attitudes of respondents living in Belgium.

CONCLUSION: Education on the importance of families and active family involvement in patient care seems to be necessary in basic, undergraduate education, but also in clinical practice. More research is necessary in order to explore the cultural and regional differences in the attitudes of nurses towards the involvement of families in patient care.

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2017. Vol. 16, no 4, 299-308 p.
Keyword [en]
attitudes; cardiovascular nurses; family involvement; Heart failure; regional differences
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Medical and Health Sciences Nursing Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34601DOI: 10.1177/1474515116663143ISI: 000396200300005PubMedID: 27470053Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85015075987Local ID: HHJADULTISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34601DiVA: diva2:1061348
Available from: 2017-01-02 Created: 2017-01-02 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved

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