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Commentary on: Wong, P, Liamputtong P, Koch S, et al. Searching for meaning: a grounded theory of family resilience in adult ICU. J Clin Nurs 2018;28:781–91. Doi: 10.111/jocn.14673
Implications for practice and research
To be resilient, families of intensive care unit (ICU) patients must be supported to seek and understand information, advocate for their loved one and find personal meaning and purpose in the admission.
Future research is needed to understand the best psychosocial interventions for family during ICU admission.
Intensive care units (ICUs) are evolving to function with increased family involvement. However, unchecked family involvement in the ICU can place a family at risk for psychological problems including anxiety, depression and if severe enough, postintensive care syndrome family (PICS-F). These risk factors may be lessened if a patient and family-centred care (PFCC) model is used. The foundation for PFCC involves dignity and respect, collaboration, information sharing and participation. …
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