There are many important advantages of keeping an ICU diary such as Post-ICU.
We will highlight a number of reasons here, all backed by scientific studies.
To summarize, a diary helps both the ICU-patient and their family members. With a diary, patients can look back on their recovery from the ICU. This helps them to communicate about their experiences with their families and promotes a person-centered approach to care. At the same time, family members of an ICU-patient have been reported to experience less stress and more involvement, resulting in higher satisfaction. By reading the entries and looking at photos, patients gain a deeper understanding of their condition when they were in intensive care. The diary can also help them understand what it was like for their families whilst they were ill. Research has shown that diaries can reduce the occurrence of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in both patients and their relatives.
All these symptoms are referred to as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) or PICS-F when family members suffer from these symptoms.
Journaling is the act of writing in a diary. It has been shown to decrease blood pressure, ease symptoms of depression, and improve immune functioning. Journaling about emotionally distressing situations helps in healing and processing. It affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, and physical health in a positive way. Journaling is not only beneficial for patients and families, but for healthcare workers as well. Studies have shown that journaling increases nurses’ compassion while decreasing both burnout and compassion fatigue symptoms. In addition, nurses have indicated three themes that they experienced as positive results of journaling:
1) it allowed them to unleash their innermost feelings,
2) it helped them to articulate and understand their own feelings concretely, and
3) journaling helped nurses to make more reasonable decisions in their work.
You will get access to statistical data for analysis and research.
Improve your quality of care based on usage data or even diary entries (after consent).