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Title: Use of a user-friendly tablet application to communicate with pediatric patients on mechanical ventilators
Authors: Chanita Tantacharoenrat
Tassanee Prasopkittikun
Somsiri Rungamornrat
Kawewan Limprayoon
Mahidol University
Keywords: Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2018
Citation: Aquichan. Vol.18, No.3 (2018), 275-286
Abstract: © 2018, Universidad de La Sabana. All rights reserved. Objectives: To examine the effect of using a tablet application as a communication aid with mechanically ventilated pediatric patients on communication satisfaction of nursing staff and caregiver-patient dyads. Materials and method: The one-group pretest-posttest design was used to examine communication satisfaction for the nursing staff, and a nonequivalent pretest-posttest control group design was used for caregivers. The sample comprised 44 nursing staff and 18 dyads of caregivers and the ventilated pediatric patients from two hospitals in Thailand. A paired t-test was used for comparison of nursing staff, the Mann-Whitney U test for comparison of caregivers, and descriptive statistics to describe the children’s satisfaction. Results: The nursing staff was more satisfied with communication using the tablet application than regular communication methods (t =-9.13, df = 43, p <.001). Caregivers who used the tablet application also reported more communication satisfaction, compared to those who used regular communication methods (U =-3.41, p <.001). Nearly 90% of the pediatric patients reported being completely satisfied with the use of the application. Conclusions: The tablet application designed for facilitating communication with mechanically ventilated pediatric patients improved communication satisfaction. It should be encouraged as one of the assistive communication devices for wide use.
ISSN: 20275374
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2018

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