Assessing comfort in the epilepsy monitoring unit: Development of an instrument.

Affiliation

Department of Neurology, Christian Doppler Medical Centre, Paracelsus Medical University, Ignaz-Harrer-Straße 79, 5020 Salzburg, Austria; Institute of Nursing Science and Practice, Paracelsus Medical University, Strubergasse 21, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Some patients perceive the experience of hospitalization in an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) to be an uncomfortable one. In order to provide comfort-enhancing measures, nurses need to assess comfort levels. For this purpose, Kolcaba developed the General Comfort Questionnaire (GCQ), which may be modified for usage in specific settings. The objective of this study was to develop an instrument to assess comfort of adult patients during hospitalization in an EMU, namely the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Comfort Questionnaire (EMUCQ).

Keywords

Cognitive interviewing,Comfort,Epilepsy monitoring unit,ISPOR guidelines,Questionnaire development,Translation,

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