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Purpose: This study explored critically ill Muslim patients’ experiences and perceptions related to confinement to isolation rooms. 

Methods: The descriptive–interpretive lens of phenomenology was employed to explore and illuminate the isolation experience of critically ill Muslim patients). Semi-structured, face-to face, audiotaped interviews were conducted . Colaizzi’s method of data analysis, in combination with an interpretive analysis supported by van Manen’s “lifeworld constituents” were used. 

Results: Data analysis revealed four themes: Feeling isolated and imprisoned; losing basic patients’ rights; feeling rejected by healthcare providers; and accepting isolation and its adversity. Findings were illuminated by applying van Manen’s lifeworld constituents: spatiality, temporality, relationality and corporeality. The patients described the overwhelming impact of isolation on their physical, emotional, social and spiritual health. 

Conclusions: This study provides healthcare providers with an in-depth understanding of critically ill patients’ physical, psychological and spiritual needs. Although the unique needs of Muslim patients are highlighted, it is evident that patients’ suffering in isolation is universal. Healthcare providers are encouraged to consider creative measures to support and help patients cope with the adversity of isolation.

The following link for Eqylan's video on Nursing Alumni youtube channel:

Eqylan, S. B., Safadi, R. R., & Swigart, V. (2022). The Lived Experience of Critically-Ill Muslim Patients in Isolation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 17(1), 2032548.​

Aims: The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of Jordanian patients during their stay in intensive care unit (ICU) and to explore associated factors. 

Background: Various factors can negatively affect patients' experiences and lead to negative consequences that can affect their outcomes. 

Materials & Methods: A descriptive, correlational design was used to collect data from 150 patients using the Intensive Care Experience Questionnaire through structured interviews after being transferred from medical and surgical ICUs to general wards. 

Results: The results showed that the longer the length of ICU stay (LOS) (>7 days) the higher frightening experience (r = 0.2, p < 0.05), the lower awareness of surrounding (r = −0.28, p < 0.01), and the lower satisfaction with care (r = −0.22, p < 0.01). The results showed a negative correlation between receiving sedation and awareness of surroundings (r = −0.33, p < 0.01), and recall of ICU experiences (r = −0.23, p < 0.01), and a positive correlation with frightening experiences (r = 0.2, p < 0.05). 

Conclusion: Health care activities, clinical and socio‐demographic factors can affect the psychological experiences of patients in the ICU. Longer ICU stay is associated with more negative experiences.

The link for Bani Hani's video on UJ Nursing Alumni youtube channel:​

Bani Hani, D. A., Alshraideh, J. A., & Alshraideh, B. (2022). Patients' experiences in the intensive care unit in Jordan: A cross-sectional study. Nursing Forum, 57(1), 49-55.​