Hope-inspiring strategies of the critically ill

Appl Nurs Res. 1989 Feb;2(1):23-9. doi: 10.1016/s0897-1897(89)80021-7.


Sixty persons who had been critically ill were studied to determine what mechanisms they used to maintain or increase their hope while confronting a life-threatening event. Patients were interviewed 2 to 4 days after discharge from a critical care unit. Responses to the interviews were categorized into nine hope-inspiring themes. The findings provide direction for developing strategies to inspire hope in the critically ill.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cognition
  • Critical Care / nursing*
  • Critical Care / psychology
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Nurse-Patient Relations