Communication boards in critical care: patients’ views (short summary)

Communication boards

The authors interviewed patients who had been ventilated in a critical care ward to find out their perceptions of their levels of frustration when they were unable to communicate effectively, how they thought this might be alleviated by the use of a communication board and what they thought would be useful for the board to contain.

It was found that the majority of the interviewees thought that a communication board would be beneficial, particularly if they had been given opportunities to see the board prior to surgery to enable them to become familiar with the content and how it could be used.

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A systematic review of the effectiveness of nurse communication with patients with complex communication needs with a focus on the use of augmentative and alternative communication

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Added to site October 2014