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Nursing issues
Nurses consider family involvement as an important element of patient care
  1. Magalie Alcindor1,
  2. Myriam Cadet2
  1. 1 Nursing, York College, Jamaica, New York, USA
  2. 2 Nursing, Bronx Community College, New York, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Magalie Alcindor, Nursing, York College, Jamaica, NY 11451, USA; MAlcindor{at}

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Commentary on: Østergaard B, Clausen AM, Agerskov H, et al. Nurses’ attitudes regarding the importance of families in nursing care: a cross‐sectional study. J Clin Nurs 2020;297-8:1290–1301. DOI 10.1111/jocn.15196.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses developing a positive attitude towards patient’s families can help create a culture of inclusivity that can be beneficial to support quality nursing care, family cohesiveness and patient safety.

  • Correlational studies are required to explore if relationships exist between the quality of nursing care and family engagement in patients’ care.


There is a growing body of evidence concerning the importance of family involvement in patient care. The evidence base suggests that engaging families in the care of patients supports quality nursing care and patient concordance with treatment

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.