The needs of family members with a critically ill relative present a significant challenge to nursing professionals in the intensive care unit. Initially, interventions aimed at providing focused information and relieving anxiety take precedence. As the crisis period passes, however, the family may need to reestablish familiar patterns of functioning. Thus, family assessment and intervention is vital throughout the course of the patient’s hospitalization. This article examines how a medical-respiratory intensive care unit has applied family need research in designing and implementing an ongoing family-based plan of care
Family Interventions| May 01 1991
Clinical Application of Family Research: A Unit-based Approach
Thomas Allen Frelchels, MSN, RN, RRT
From the Department of Nursing, St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Reprint requests to Thomas Allen Freichels, MSN, RN, RRT, Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist, St. Luke’s Hospital, 2900 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53215.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1991) 2 (2): 316–320.
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Thomas Allen Frelchels; Clinical Application of Family Research: A Unit-based Approach. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1991; 2 (2): 316–320. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1991-2018
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