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Table 4 Difficulty scores and index ranks for nurses’ strain of care when caring for patients with delirium

From: Subjective strain of care experienced by pulmonary and critical care medical nurses when caring for patients with delirium: a cross-sectional study

Rank Difficulty score Delirium behaviours
1 3.37 ± 0.84 18. Uncooperative and difficult to manage
2 3.33 ± 0.98 20. Pulling out tubes and tearing out dressings
3 3.22 ± 0.95 16. Irritability
4 3.20 ± 0.96 15. Shouting loudly
5 3.16 ± 0.88 19. Unplanned attempts to get out of bed
6 3.14 ± 0.95 14. Irritability and excruciating
7 3.11 ± 0.76 17. Increased activity
8 2.98 ± 0.83 12. Alternating between clarity and confusion
9 2.86 ± 0.74 13. Sleep-arousal cycle disorder
10 2.85 ± 0.77 9. Talking to someone who is not actually present
11 2.82 ± 0.88 11. Speaking incoherently
12 2.82 ± 0.74 10. Repetitive behaviour
13 2.79 ± 0.64 5. Difficulty concentrating and easily distracted
14 2.77 ± 0.69 4. Lacking awareness or understanding of own situation or disease
15 2.66 ± 0.73 8. Recalling incorrect names of familiar people
16 2.61 ± 0.63 7. Avoiding eye contact
17 2.58 ± 0.70 6. Speaking slowly or indecisively
18 2.48 ± 0.66 3. Reduced activities
19 2.38 ± 0.65 2. Mental depression and lack of motivation
20 2.38 ± 0.71 1. Avoidance and abnormal quietness
Average 2.94 ± 1.77 Entire sample