Palliative Care Research
Online ISSN : 1880-5302
ISSN-L : 1880-5302
Short Communication
The Psychological Impact of Restricting Visits to Inpatients on the Inpatients Themselves, Their Families, and Health Care Providers Under the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tomoko Shiraishi Kumiko AtakaMegumi KimuraNaomi NabeshimaTakahito ItoAsuka IdeTakako KondoAyako OzakiJunichi Tsukada
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2022 Volume 17 Issue 2 Pages 65-70


It is important to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inpatient care and the needs of inpatients and their families. We conducted an anonymous self-administered questionnaire survey of inpatients who had been referred to our palliative care team, their families (hereafter referred to as patients' families), and their primary nurses (hereafter referred to as PNs). The EZR statistical software was used for statistical analysis, and p<0.05 was considered to indicate a significant difference. 31 patients [9 males, 22 females; median age 65 years (range 30-85 years)], 25 family members, and 26 PNs responded. The question “Do you ever feel depressed due to restricted visitation?” had a significantly stronger impact on patient families than on patients (p<0.05). Compared to patients, patient families tended to prefer face-to-face visits (p<0.05). The impact of visitation restrictions was greater on patients’ families than on the inpatients, suggesting that it is important to provide care and support to patients’ families especially during periods when there are visitation restrictions.

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