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This quasi experimental research aimed to examine effects of transition nursing program on role confidence among caregivers of elderly patients during transferred from an intensive care unit. A convenience sampling was used to recruit 50 family caregivers of aging patients who were admitted to the intensive care unit in a tertiary hospital, Songkla province. The first 25 participants were assigned to the control group receiving usual care and the rest was assigned to the experimental group who receiving usual care together with the transition nursing program twice a day, 30 to 40 minutes each time, for three consecutive days. Research instruments included a demographic questionnaire and the caregivers’ role confidence questionnaire. Its reliability was .81. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test and two-way repeated measures ANOVA.
The results showed that the means score of the role confidence at post intervention in the experimental group were significantly more than those in the control group (p< .001). Within the experimental group, the mean score of the role confidence at post intervention both times were significantly more than the scores at a pretest (p< .05). However, the mean score of the role confidence at post intervention between two times was not different. These findings suggest nurses who work in intensive care units should utilize this program in nursing practice to promote transition from the intensive care unit, especially in aging patients.
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