Family functioning during a critical illness: a systems theory perspective.

S. G. McClowry

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In this article the effects of critical illness on family functioning are described within a systems theory framework. As identified in the literature, family vulnerabilities and strengths that impede or support family functioning during the time a member has a critical illness are discussed. Strategies that nurses can use to assist families of critically ill patients are explored. A challenge to expand family-centered care across various settings is extended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-564
Number of pages6
JournalCritical care nursing clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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