Text and Data Mining valid from 2020-01-23
Received: 24 March 2019
Accepted: 27 December 2019
First Online: 23 January 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study was conducted in compliance to the Helsinki declaration [CitationRef removed] and was approved by the Danish Ethical Committee (Pr. No. H-16018863) and in accordance with the Danish Data protection Agency (J. No. HGH-2016-062). Patients and their relatives received both written and verbal information about the project. Patients and their relatives were informed that the staff and their clinical practice were being observed and that, if they agreed to participate, the researchers would also need to collect data from their patient records. Patients were informed that participation was voluntary and that they could withdraw at any time without giving any reasons. Participants were given time to consider participation with the possibility of asking questions about the study. Patients who agreed to participate gave written informed consents for their participation.The project was initiated upon request from the head nurse and chief physician of the department of internal medicine, who also approved the researchers’ access to the units and their data. HPs were informed about the voluntary aspect of participating and that the data and study results would be treated confidentially and in accordance with data protection law.In case of signs of severe deterioration, which might put the patient at risk during the observations, the researcher (SE) terminated the observations and intervened by informing HPs about the inadequate procedure. This was required in three cases, all of them on the last observation day, which made it acceptable to include them in the material. In the cases when the patients were not informed about oral care, mobilisation, nutrition support, daily fluids intake or sputum mobilisation, the researcher informed the involved HPs and CAP patients after final observations. This was required in all 30 cases.
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: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.