The family enters the critical care unit under a significant amount of stress with many diverse and complex needs. During this crisis period, dysfunctional behavior may lead to ineffective coping. This article will present a comprehensive family assessment tool based on Myra Levine’s Principles of Conservation. The assessment tool not only will enhance the comprehensiveness of patient and family care, but will provide a method for reassuring families that they are part of their relatives’ care and recovery. This tool will also enable the critical care nurse to individually assess and meet the holistic needs of families
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Family Interventions| May 01 1991
Comprehensive Assessment of Families of the Critically Ill
Debra J. Lynn-McHale, MSN, RN, CS, CCRN;
*From the Surgical Cardiac Care Unit, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Reprint requests to Debra J. Lynn-McHale, MSN, RN, CS, CCRN, 1145 Forest Hill Dr., Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1991) 2 (2): 195–203.
Debra J. Lynn-McHale, Ann Smith; Comprehensive Assessment of Families of the Critically Ill. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1991; 2 (2): 195–203. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1991-2004
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