Virpi S Hantikainen

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The study reported in this paper applied a qualitative and interpretative approach to nursing staff perceptions of the use of restraint with elderly nursing home residents, and into nurses' decision-making on restraint use. The data were collected using unstructured interviews with a purposive sample of 20 trained and untrained nursing staff from two Swiss(More)
This article focuses on the reasons for using physical restraints, their prevalence and nurses' experiences of their use. The data were collected by means of a questionnaire from nurses, trained nurse's aids and auxiliary staff (n = 173) in seven Swiss nursing homes. The results showed that physical restraints are used in nursing units, the mean number of(More)
This study examined staff perceptions of the behaviour of older nursing home residents and how these perceptions govern their decision making on restraint use. Data were collected in unstructured interviews with 20 trained and untrained nursing staff from two Swiss nursing homes. Data analysis was based on Colaizzi's phenomenological method. Two main themes(More)
QUESTIONS UNDER STUDY Prevalence of symptoms, with a focus on fatigue, and changes of symptoms were explored over three months in outpatients with lymphoma, lung, breast or colorectal cancer, receiving chemotherapy in the oncology outpatient clinic of a Swiss tertiary care hospital. METHODS Prospective, descriptive design; symptom prevalence was measured(More)
BACKGROUND Critically ill patients often undergo unpleasant procedures. We quantified the effects of an unpleasant stimulus on physiological and behavioral parameters and evaluated how they are modified by sedation and analgesia. METHODS A 6-month study in the 30-bed intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital examined 21 sedated patients from(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to examine the individual quality of life (QoL) of men following radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. The following research questions were addressed: (a) What are the most important areas of quality of life for men following radical prostatectomy? (b) How do these men rate their satisfaction in each area and what is(More)
Patient orientation and patient participation are important aspects of modern health care and should be taken into consideration in the context of nursing care decision-making. The concept of evidence-based nursing also includes patient preferences in participation on decision-making, an area, however, which has not been adequately investigated so far. The(More)
BACKGROUND Supporting the movement of older people is one among the daily duties of geriatric nurses. Nurses exhibit a high risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. Nurses should also possess interaction skills to support active participation of older people in their own daily activities. Kinaesthetics movement competence training claims to be a(More)
This case study examined whether the movement support based on Kinaesthetics furthers the body perception, movement abilities and functional independency of elderly nursing home residents with movement restrictions. Two elderly nursing home residents who showed a strong dependence (Barthel-Index II; 20-60 points) after a stroke and who were not previously(More)
UNLABELLED AIM.: This study focuses on the experience of healthcare staff with regard to patient and visitor violence in a general hospital. The occurrence of patient and visitor violence, staffs' interventions and the consequences of violence for different professions are investigated. BACKGROUND There is a lack of studies describing the factors(More)