Aims and objectives. This study aimed to describe the significant others’ experiences and needs when a person is critically ill or injured in an acute care setting.
Background. Being a significant other to a hospitalised critically ill or injured patient is a heavily distressing life event. Addressing significant others’ needs adequately has been shown to be essential to mitigate the psychological consequences of such distressing events.
Design. A systematic review of qualitative research. Methods. Meta-ethnographic synthesis was used for analysis.