Nurses' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding ICU Delirium, Kunming Tertiary Hospitals, Yunnan Province, the People's Republic of China


  • Yijing Li Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Achara Sukonthasarn Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Suparat Wangsrikhun Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


ICU delirium, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Critical Care Nurses


A descriptive correlational research design was used in this study to explore the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding ICU delirium among nurses who worked at Kunming Tertiary Hospitals, Yunnan Province, the People's Republic of China, as well as to determine the relationship between them. Purposive sampling was applied to recruit 256 participants. Measurement tools were composed of the Demographic Data Record Form, the Critical Care Nurses Knowledge of Delirium Scale (CCNKDS), the Attitude of ICU Nurses Towards Delirium (AINTD) and the Critical Care Nurse Practice Skills of Delirium Management Scale (CCNPSDMS). The Chinese version of each instrument was used, with Cronbach's alpha coefficients of .913, .802 and .922, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Spearman's rank-order correlation test.

The results of this study were as follows:

1. Participants had knowledge regarding ICU delirium at a high level (M = 65.61, SD = 7.83);

2. Participants had a neutral attitude towards ICU delirium (M = 23.04, SD = 2.40);

3. Participants had practice regarding ICU delirium at a fairly low level (M = 114.84, SD = 27.44); and 4. Participants’ knowledge and attitudes had a weak positive relationship with practices regarding ICU delirium (rs = .245, p < .01 and rs = .176, p = .05, respectively).

Further research should be done to explore factors influencing nurses’ attitudes and practices regarding ICU delirium. Interventions should be done accordingly to improve attitudes and practices regarding ICU delirium among nurses, as well as to lower the incidence of ICU delirium.


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