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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Critical care nursing clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care