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Sharma J, Kaur M, Mustafi S, Singh M, Sharma A, Dhir V. Comparison of awareness of patient parameters between two groups of caregivers in intensive care unit. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (10):665-670.
Aim of the Study: The overlap in the scope of duties performed by two core groups of Intensive Care Unit caregivers, the doctors and nurses may lead to gaps in awareness of patient-related parameters among them. Our study tested the hypothesis that there is no difference in the awareness of patient-related parameters between the two study groups (doctors and nurses).
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based study, incorporating various aspects of a patient's medical care was designed. Pro forma for 100 patients was filled by doctors and nurses divided into two groups of 100 each (50 junior residents [JRs] and 50 senior residents [SRs] in the doctors' group). Statistical analysis of categorical data was done by Chi-squared test and interval data by t-test. A subgroup analysis was done for comparison between nurses SRs and JRs as independent groups. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Results: There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups (doctors and nurses) in terms of percentage of correct responses in the questionnaire (P = 0.655). A highly significant difference between the knowledge of SRs and nurses was found with a P = 0.0001. P < 0.0001 was calculated for the SRs versus JRs which was highly significant.
Conclusions: As a group, doctors (SRs and JRs) did not reflect any difference in awareness of patient-related parameters when compared to nurses. However, SRs were more knowledgeable about the patient-related parameters when compared independently with the JRs and the nurses.
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