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American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019, 7(2), 193-198
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-7-2-11
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Critical Care Nurses' Knowledge, Perception and Barriers Regarding Delirium in Adult Critical Care Units

Shaimaa Ahmed Awad1,

1Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt

Pub. Date: February 13, 2019

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Shaimaa Ahmed Awad. Critical Care Nurses' Knowledge, Perception and Barriers Regarding Delirium in Adult Critical Care Units. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019; 7(2):193-198. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-7-2-11


Purpose/Aims: the purpose of this study was to evaluate critical care nurses' knowledge, perception and barriers regarding delirium in adult critical care units. Design: A descriptive exploratory research design was used to conduct this study. Methods: the current study was conducted at Intensive care units located at Mansoura Emergency Hospital. A total of 40 nurses completed the study. Assessment of critical care nurses' perception, knowledge and barriers regarding delirium was done through direct interview method using study questionnaires. Results: nurses' experience in ICU has a positive impact on their knowledge and perception regarding delirium. The mean score of perception, general knowledge and knowledge related to risk factors were significantly higher among diploma degree nurses. The mean score of nurses' perception of delirium was 27.4 ±6.4. The mean score of general knowledge was 25.0 ±8.6 which represents 69.4% of total possible score. The mean score of knowledge regarding risk factors of delirium was 35.1 ±10.1which represents 73.1% of total possible score. Critical care nurses face many barriers regarding delirium assessment. The mean score regarding barriers to proper delirium assessment was 25.1 ±4.8. Conclusion: In light of the results of our study, we can emphasize that there is a need to upgrade critical care nurses' knowledge and perception regarding delirium to help nurses to be more active in performing delirium assessment and management.

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