Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Nursing & Midwifery Care Research Center, Mental Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran



Background and Aim: Awareness of patients' understanding of nursing services provided at the time of hospitalization can improve the quality and security of nursing care. The aim of this study was to explain the psychological understanding of patients with pressure ulcer from the nursing care received in the intensive care unit.

Materials and Methods: The present study is a descriptive qualitative study that was conducted in 2021. The study population consisted of patients admitted to the cardiac intensive care units of Chamran Hospital in Isfahan. The sample consisted of 10 patients with inclusion criteria who were selected by purposive sampling. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants and sampling was continued until data saturation. Data were analyzed using conventional qualitative content analysis.

Results: In this study, the obtained codes were classified into 10 subcategories and the subcategories were divided into 3 main categories. The main categories included "forgotten wound care", "empathetic care", and "patient hope and trust".

Conclusion: The results of this study showed that the psychological understanding of patients with bed sores is associated with many components and challenges that require their attention and consideration in the quality and manner of nursing care of these patients.