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Adult nursing
Family systems nursing conversations (FSNCs) have the potential to improve family functioning and well-being
  1. Barbara Lutz1,
  2. Michelle Camicia2
  1. 1 School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2 Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center, Vallejo, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Barbara Lutz, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA; lutzb{at}

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Commentary on: Pusa S, Saveman B-I, Sundin K. Family systems nursing conversations: influences on families with stroke. BMC Nursing 2022 May 6;21(1):108.

Implications for practice and research

  • Family systems nursing conversations (FSNCs) have the potential to improve patient and family outcomes, including family functioning and well-being.

  • Research is needed on the effectiveness of family-centred interventions, for example, FSNCs, on specific health-related outcomes for stroke survivors and their families.


Stroke and its after-effects can impact the entire family. Families need long-term support poststroke to maintain family well-being. Family-centred interventions have demonstrated improved family functioning and social support.1 2 One such intervention is FSNCs. Employing a family systems approach, these nurse-led conversations can promote family understanding and enhance family cohesion to help manage life-changing events, such as stroke.


The purpose of this qualitative content analysis was understanding the experiences of family members who participated in FSNCs. Stroke …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.