TITLE

Parent Bed Spaces in the PICU: Effect on Parental Stress

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Andrea B.; Hefley, Glenda C.; Anand, K. J. S.
PUB. DATE
May 2007
SOURCE
Pediatric Nursing;May/Jun2007, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p215
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this comparative descriptive study was to identify the impact of providing a parent bed space in the PICU, allowing for continual parental presence, on stress of the parents of critically ill children. Data were collected from parents (n = 86) at two children's hospitals 3 months prior to the opening of new PICUs with parent bed spaces. Following a transition period, data were collected from a sample of parents (n = 92) who had used the parent bed to stay overnight with their child. Parental stress was measured with the Parental Stressor Scale: Pediatric Intensive Care (PSS: PICU). Stress scores were significantly lower (p = .02) for parents who utilized the parent beds in the new PICUs. New PICU environments that facilitate continual parental presence may reduce parental stress related to a child's hospitalization.
ACCESSION #
25560120

 

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