Analysis of patient diaries in Danish ICUs: a narrative approach.
Methods 31 patient diaries for admissions longer than 72 hours were included in the study. Patients with more than 1 ICU stay during their hospital admission were included independently. Diaries were handwritten by nurses and electronically transcribed, the analysis framework follows a previous ICU study documented in the literature . Each diary was divided and coded into three phases, crisis phase (days 1-5), turning point phase (days 6-10) and normalisation phase (>10 days) and individual characteristics, overall structure and diary entries were coded and analysed independently.