Author(s): Alvarez GF, Kirby AS
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Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An appreciation of a family's difficult experience in dealing with their critically ill loved ones has created the concept of 'family-centered care'. The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on the needs of the family during their intensive care unit experience. RECENT FINDINGS: Families consistently highlight three major issues that they deem could be improved from their perspective. Increased information about their loved ones, proximity to the patient and a more flexible visiting policy stand out as relevant issues to families. SUMMARY: Medical staff and administrators should recognize that families of critically ill patients have particular needs that help them cope with having their loved ones in an intensive care unit. Simple changes in philosophy and policy would greatly decrease the anxiety these families experience.
This article was published in Curr Opin Crit Care
and referenced in Family Medicine & Medical Science Research