RES4 Attitudes and Perceptions of Multidisciplinary Team Members Toward Family Presence at Bedside Rounds

Cecilia C. Santiago; St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

Purpose: To describe the current attitudes and perceptions of managers, critical care physicians, fellows, nurses, and allied health care providers toward the presence of family members at bedside rounds and to compare responses among health care providers. Background/significance: Traditionally, family members of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) have not been invited to be present at bedside rounds, and few ICUs have formal policies on this issue. Little has been published on the topic; the American College of Critical Care Medicine Task Force considers family presence at bedside rounds to be one of the least studied issues. The task force acknowledges the desire of families to play a larger role in decision making and underscores the benefits of family participation in...

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