Psychological Symptoms in Family Members of Brain Death Patients in Intensive Care Unit in Kerman, Iran

Hakimeh Hosseinrezaei, Motahareh Pilevarzadeh, Masoud Amiri, Hossin Rafiei, Sedigheh Taghati, Mosadegheh Naderi, Mohammad Moradalizadeh, Milad Askarpoor

Abstract


Aim: Having patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) remains an extremely stressful live event for family members, especially for those having to confront with brain death patients. The aim of present study was to determine the prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress among relatives of brain dead patients in ICU in Kerman, Iran.

Methods: In a cross-sectional study, using DASS- 42 questionnaire, the symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress of family members of brain death patients were explored in Kerman, Iran.

Results: Of 244 eligible family members, 224 participated in this study (response rate of 91%). Generally, 76.8%, 75% and 70.1% of family members reported some levels of anxiety, depression and stress, respectively. More specifically, the rate of severe levels of anxiety, depression and stress among the participants were 48.7%, 33%, and 20.1% respectively.

Conclusion: Prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress in family members of brain death patients in ICU remains high. Health care team members, especially nurses, should be aware and could consider this issue in the caring of family members of brain death patients.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/gjhs.v6n2p203

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