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Visiting hour’s policies in Intensive Care Units: Exploring participants’ views

Authors: Shiva Khaleghparast, Soodabeh Joolaee, Majid Maleki, Hamid Peyrovi, Behrooz Ghanbari and Naser Bahrani

Int J Med Res Health Sci.322-328 | pdf PDF Full Text

Visiting patients is a positive and effective strategy to help patients and their families to adapt better with stress and
crisis of Intensive Care Units. This study designed with the aim of “exploring the perception of patients, families and
staff of Intensive Care Units about visiting hour’s policies”. In this qualitative study, the perspective of 51
participants including patients, their families and staff regarding “Visitation Policies” investigated using semistructured interviews. Conventional content analysis method used. Two categories of restricted and non-restricted
visitation obtained from the data. Based on the comments received from participants, fourteen subcategories
including advantages and disadvantages of visitations obtained from both restricted and non-restricted visitation
categories. Restricted visitation is a policy of visitation that allows the visitor to be present in a specified time while
non-restricted visitation is a kind of respect for the wishes and needs of patients and families. It is recommended
that with more studies, the foundation of visitations should be established in a way that harmonious balance
between the concerns of patients and families on one hand and concerns of staff on the other hand should be

Keywords: Intensive Care Units, Visitors to patients, Visitation policy

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