APH COVID-19 initiative: Supporting loved ones of an isolated and life threatening ill patient with COVID-19, admitted to the ICU.

In times of the corona crisis it is extra hard to inform and support loved ones of an isolated admitted ICU patient. The patient is life-threatening ill and can barely communicate. The loved ones are unable to visit the patient and because of the agitation during the COVID-19 peak, the communication between the visitors and the involved health care professionals is not optimal. Attention for loved ones is very important, especially in times of a crisis. Therefore, initiatives arose in different places to give clear information and support to loved ones. We are going to evaluate these initiatives to investigate what the best way is to support loved ones in similar situations in the future (for instance a new peak of COVID-19 or another pandemic. We will start with examining, among other things, the way people are informed about the situation, how loved ones are part of the decision making, psychosocial and practical guidance and consequences of the period after the ICU admission of their loved one (anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and grief). Beforehand, we will start with making an inventory of the initiatives that are developed during the crisis to provide loved ones (extra) support in the regions of North-Holland and Flevoland. Next, we will distribute a questionnaire based on research to the loved ones of ICU admitted COVID-19 patients. A similar questionnaire will be given to ICU personnel and health care professionals who offered extra support. This research will be completed by a series of deepening interviews with loved ones and health care professionals. The results will be presented in an expert measure to experts from different stakeholder groups, which includes (representatives of) loved ones and patients, health care professionals and management. This will help form an advice about which (elements of) initiatives can be implemented best and how this should be done.

APH contact person:  Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen


This is an initiative taken by APH researchers as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have an initiative to be listed as well, please email us.

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