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Nursing issues
Nurses should be empowered to be proactively involved in family decision meetings on intensive care unit patient care decisions
  1. Mohammad Khan
  1. Community Medicine, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mohammad Khan, Community Medicine, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu 16150, Malaysia; drmohammadkhan1001{at}

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Commentary on: Pecanac K, King B. Nurse-Family Communication During and After Family Meetings in the Intensive Care Unit. J Nurs Scholarsh 2019;51:129–37

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses should be included in the family meeting in an active role to discuss the patient’s condition.

  • Education sessions can be arranged for nurses before involving them in the family communication process. This will improve their knowledge of, attitude to and involvement in their role in the family discussion session.


Nurses are important members of the intensive care unit (ICU) team and evidence suggests that they should participate in the ICU family discussion by sharing information about the patient’s condition, advocating for the patient’s wishes, and helping patients and patients’ families understand the care plan. ICU family discussion is highly recommended to address the concerns of patients and patients’ families and explain the plan of …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.