[Online information for relatives of critically ill patients : Pilot test of the usability of an ICU families website].

Affiliation

Klinische Abteilung für Endokrinologie und Diabetologie, Medizinische Universität Graz, Graz, Österreich. [Email]

Abstract

Relatives of intensive care patients have a very high need for information. This is due to the acute and serious, often life-threatening illness of the patients and the very complex and technical environment of an intensive care unit (ICU). Unmet needs for information can increase anxiety, sleep disorders, stress, and depressive symptoms in the relatives.

Keywords

Health diaries,Information systems,Intensive care unit,Prevention,Video-audio media,