Developing a diary program to minimize patient and family post-intensive care syndrome

Meaghan Locke, Sarah Eccleston, Claire N. Ryan, Tiffany J. Byrnes, Cristin Mount, Mary S. McCarthy

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A series of evidence-based interventions beginning with an intensive care unit diary and a patient/family educational pamphlet were implemented to address the longterm consequences of critical illness after discharge from the intensive care unit, bundled as post-intensive care syndrome and post-intensive care syndrome-family. An extensive literature review and nursing observations of the phenomenon highlighted the potential for this project to have a favorable impact on patients, their families, and the health care team. The goal of this article is to explain the education of all stakeholders; the introduction of the diary, video, and educational pamphlet; and the evaluation of the acceptance of these interventions. This process began with an informal evaluation of the educational products and overall perception of the usefulness of the diary by patients, family members, and staff. The efforts described contribute to the evidence base supporting diaries as an adjunct to intensive care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-220
Number of pages9
JournalAACN Advanced Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Diary
  • Intensive care
  • Post-intensive care syndrome


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