Nurse-patient communication interactions in the intensive care unit.

  title={Nurse-patient communication interactions in the intensive care unit.},
  author={Mary Beth Happ and Kathryn L. Garrett and Dana Thomas and Judith A. Tate and Elisabeth L. George and Martin P. Houze and Jill V. Radtke and Susan M. Sereika},
  journal={American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses},
  volume={20 2},
  • M. Happ, K. Garrett, S. Sereika
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Medicine
  • American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
BACKGROUND The inability to speak during critical illness is a source of distress for patients, yet nurse-patient communication in the intensive care unit has not been systematically studied or measured. OBJECTIVES To describe communication interactions, methods, and assistive techniques between nurses and nonspeaking critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. METHODS Descriptive observational study of the nonintervention/usual care cohort from a larger clinical trial of nurse… 

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