Promotion of Family Integrity in the Acute Care Setting: A Review of the Literature

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Donald D. Kautz, Associate Professor (Creator)
Elizabeth R. Van Horn, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The acute illness of 1 family member can negatively affect all family members and lead to the disruption of family functioning and integrity. During the patient’s hospitalization, nurses are in a key position to support family members, maintain family integrity, and ready them for assuming the role of caretaker during the patient’s recovery and management of health at home. This article reviews current research findings that provide empirical support for activities that promote family integrity. Strategies for nurses to support family members during the hospitalization of an adult family member and suggestions for future research are provided.

Additional Information

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Language: English
Date: 2007
Families, Family integrity, Visitation, Information

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