Benefits of peer support for intensive care unit survivors: sharing experiences, care debriefing, and altruism

McPeake, J. et al. (2021) Benefits of peer support for intensive care unit survivors: sharing experiences, care debriefing, and altruism. American Journal of Critical Care, 30(2), pp. 145-149. (doi: 10.4037/ajcc2021702) (PMID:33566086)

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Background: After critical illness, patients are often left with impairments in physical, social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Peer support interventions have been implemented internationally to ameliorate these issues. Objective: To explore what patients believed to be the key mechanisms of effectiveness of peer support programs implemented during critical care recovery. Methods: In a secondary analysis of an international qualitative data set, 66 telephone interviews with patients were undertaken across 14 sites in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to understand the effect of peer support during recovery from critical illness. Prevalent themes were documented with framework analysis. Results: Most patients who had been involved in peer support programs reported benefit. Patients described 3 primary mechanisms: (1) sharing experiences, (2) care debriefing, and (3) altruism. Conclusion: Peer support is a relatively simple intervention that could be implemented to support patients during recovery from critical illness. However, more research is required into how these programs can be implemented in a safe and sustainable way in clinical practice.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Quasim, Professor Tara and McPeake, Dr Jo
Authors: McPeake, J., Boehm, L. M., Hibbert, E., Bakhru, R. N., Bastin, A. J., Butcher, B. W., Eaton, T. L., Harris, W., Hope, A. A., Jackson, J., Johnson, A., Kloos, J. A., Korzick, K. A., Meyer, J., Montgomery-Yates, A., Mikkelsen, M. E., Slack, A., Wade, D., Still, M., Netzer, G., Hopkins, R. O., Quasim, T., Sevin, C. M., and Haines, K. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:American Journal of Critical Care
Publisher:American Association of Critical Care Nurses
ISSN (Online):1937-710X
Published Online:10 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
First Published:First published in American Journal of Critical Care 30(2): 145-149
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303784Collaboration Assessment of ICU Recovery NeedsTara QuasimSociety of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)GN17CC589Med - Anaesthesia