Family Engagement Regarding the Critically Ill Patient

Jessica L. Weaver, Ciarán T. Bradley, Karen Brasel

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Abstract

The Institute of Medicine strongly recommends a health care system that supports family members. Nowhere is the need for family-centered care greater than with critically ill patients. Simplistically, family-centered care is primarily about communication. Unfortunately, family perception of communication in the intensive care unit (ICU) is quite poor. This article reviews some strategies to improve communication, including family meetings and family presence at resuscitation. It also highlights some of the areas within the realm of ICU care in which family engagement is particularly important, including advance directives, end-of-life care, brain death, and organ donation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1637-1647
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Volume92
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Critical Illness
Communication
Intensive Care Units
Advance Directives
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Tissue and Organ Procurement
Brain Death
Terminal Care
Resuscitation
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • Critically ill patients
  • End-of-life care
  • Family-centered care
  • Intensive care unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Family Engagement Regarding the Critically Ill Patient. / Weaver, Jessica L.; Bradley, Ciarán T.; Brasel, Karen.

In: Surgical Clinics of North America, Vol. 92, No. 6, 12.2012, p. 1637-1647.

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Weaver, Jessica L. ; Bradley, Ciarán T. ; Brasel, Karen. / Family Engagement Regarding the Critically Ill Patient. In: Surgical Clinics of North America. 2012 ; Vol. 92, No. 6. pp. 1637-1647.
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