Need for compassion in prehospital and emergency care: a qualitative study on bus crash survivors' experiences
2015 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013X, Vol. 23, no 2, 115-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aim: To explore the survivors' experiences after a major bus crash. Background: Survivors' experiences of emergency care after transportation related major incidents are relatively unexplored, with research involving survivors mainly focused on pathological aspects or effects of crisis support. Methods: Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 54 out of 56 surviving passengers 5 years after a bus crash in Sweden. Interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: Prehospital discomfort, lack of compassionate care, dissatisfaction with crisis support and satisfactory initial care and support are the categories. Lack of compassion in emergency departments was identified as a main finding. Lack of compassion caused distress among survivors and various needs for support were not met. Survivors' desire to be with their fellow survivors the day of the crash was not facilitated after arriving at emergency departments. Conclusions: Connectedness among survivors ought to be promoted upon arrival at emergency departments. There is a need for emergency department professionals to be sufficiently educated in compassionate care.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 23, no 2, 115-119 p.
Compassionate care, Emergency medical services, Emergency nursing, Experiences, Interview, Qualitative research, Social support
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106372DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2014.08.008ISI: 000354139000015PubMedID: 25257225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106372DiVA: diva2:841825