Background: The caregivers of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients are typically very anxious while the patients are treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Objective: To study the effects of an information and communication technology program on the anxiety level of CABG patients’caregivers during patients’ admission to the ICU. Methods: This is a quasi-experimental research. The sample group is caregivers of CABG patients. Thirty-four caregivers in the control group that received only routine nursing care while 34 caregivers in the experimental group received the information and communication technology program and routine nursing care. Data were collected using the Thai hospital anxiety and depression scale (Thai HADS) and the visual analogue scale (VAS) for measuring anxiety level. Results: The results showed that the mean anxiety scores measured by the VAS instrument on the day of surgery and the day of being discharged from the ICU were significantly lower in the experimental group than in the control group (P = 0.01, P < 0.001). Using the Thai HADs, the mean scores for anxiety in the experimental group were statistically lower than those for the control group only on the day of being discharged from the ICU (P = 0.03). In the experimental group that received the information and communication technology program, the mean scores for anxiety level were significantly lower on the day of surgery and on the day of being discharged from the ICU than the day before surgery (P < 0.05). Conclusions: The information and communication technology programs should be recommended for nursing care in order to decrease the anxiety level of caregivers of CABG patients while the patients are being treated in the ICU.
Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
Duangjuk, Jirakit; Asdornwised, Usavadee; Wongkongkam, Kessiri; and Tocharoenchok, Teerapong
"Effect of an information and communication technology program on the anxiety of coronary artery bypass graft patients’ caregivers in intensive care unit,"
Chulalongkorn Medical Journal: Vol. 65:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://digital.car.chula.ac.th/clmjournal/vol65/iss3/4