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Implications for practice and research
Allowing family members the opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of a patient's care, including being present during the initiation of emergency procedures is important.
To assess the potential role of cultural differences, further studies exploring the perceptions of the wider public are needed.
Concerns related to family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have stimulated discussion/debate for decades. The discussion on whether to invite family members to be present during CPR is still an argumentative issue and the practice is not consistently implemented. While a number of studies indicate that the presence of a patient's family during CPR is beneficial for patients, their …
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