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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 203) Last page : ( 206)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2019.00043.0

A Descriptive Study to determine the Contributing Factors for ICU Stress and to Assess the level of Stress among patients admitted in ICU

Dr. Priscilla K.*

Professor, Medical Surgical Nursing Department, CSI Jeyaraj Annapackiam College of Nursing, Jonespuram, Pasumalai, Madurai-625004

*Corresponding Author Email: asa.raja@yahoo.com

Online published on 15 May, 2019.


This present study was done to determine the contributing factors for ICU stress and to assess the level of stress among patients admitted in ICU. A descriptive design was adopted. A total of 100 clients admitted in ICU were selected by using purposive sampling technique. Contributing factors for ICU stress was assessed by modified Environmental Stressor Questionnaire (ESQ) and level of stress was assessed by modified stress scale. Environmental stressor questionnaire items were given scoring as per the response for each item, the mean % is worked out (actual score/maximum possible score) x 100. Modified stress scale was scaled as low level stress (0–33%) moderate level stress (34%-67%) & high level stress (68%-100%). The research findings revealed that the top mean score of stressors were observing treatment that are administered to other patients (98.75%), not knowing exactly where they are (98.25%), not knowing what is the time (97.25%), and listening to the ringing of telephone (94.75%), missing the spouse (or) partner (94.50%) etc. With regards to level of stress 54(54%) samples had high level stress, 36(36%) samples had moderate level of stress & 10(10%) samples had low level stress.



ICU stress, stressors.


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