Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine

Faculty

Faculty of Communications, Health and Science

First Advisor

Dr Gavin Leslie

Second Advisor

Dr David Roberts

Abstract

Communication among patients and nurses m the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has received extensive attention in the nursing research literature. These studies have identified numerous factors both enhancing and impeding effective nurse client communication. Despite the extensive research attention paid to nurse client communication in an ICU setting, no studies can be located that take a multidimensional approach to exploring the factors serving to enhance or impede such nurse "client communications. The literature review searched from 1980 when the landmark study by Ashworth ( 1980) reported on nurse-patient communication in the ICU. Many studies followed on nursing communication

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