The healthcare professionals' perspectives and experiences with family presence during resuscitation: A qualitative evidence synthesis

Monika Afzali Rubin*, Sandra E S Meulengracht, Katja Anna Poulsen Frederiksen, Thordis Thomsen, Ann Merete Møller

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Family presence during resuscitation (FPDR) is a growing hospital praxis despite lack of high-quality evidence. The aim of this qualitative evidence synthesis review was to synthesize current evidence regarding healthcare professionals (HCP) perspectives on barriers and facilitating factors of FPDR and the potential impact of FPDR on HCP performance.

METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search May 17, 2023 including primary studies with qualitative study designs. We applied NVivo for data analysis. Data was coded with line-by-line coding and organized into themes and categories following the method for thematic synthesis described by Thomas and Harden to analyse data. The studies underwent quality appraisal by Critical Appraisal Skills Program. We used GRADE CERQual to assess the confidence in the evidence.

RESULTS: We identified 8241 articles suitable for screening, 141 articles were full text screened, and nine studies included from Australia, UK and USA. In total, 134 HCP participated, between 2005 and 2019. Most studies lacked sufficiently rigorous data analysis and findings were appraised to have moderate GRADE CERQual confidence. We identified three analytical themes ("Facilitating factors for FPDR", "Barriers for FPDR" and "How staff are affected by FPDR") with eight descriptive subthemes. One finding was of high GRADE CERQual confidence: a belief that FPDR is "the right thing to do" which was a "Facilitating factor of FPDR."

CONCLUSION: The evidence on HCP perspectives is of low to moderate confidence. The interviewed consent that FPDR is the "right thing to do", and an ethical principle of beneficence is dominant, especially regarding children.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Vol/bind68
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)101-121
Antal sider21
ISSN0001-5172
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2024

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