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Use of augmentative and alternative communication strategies by family members in the intensive care unit (short summary)

Use
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AAC
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family members
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hospital

The use of AAC strategies by families of critically ill patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) was reviewed. 44% of families were found to use some form of AAC support in their communication with ill relatives. Their views about AAC and confidence in using it were rated more positively when the nurses they were working with had been given some training in communication strategies.

Despite difficulties in communication with family members use of AAC strategies is limited; this might contribute to increasing stress for patients and family members. Interventions to improve knowledge and ability to use AAC strategies might be beneficial. Further research is required into this area.


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