Increasing the quality of family visits to the ICU

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Facilitating family visits in critical care settings is a challenging nursing responsibility. Before family members are in a position to be supportive of patients, they must deal with stressful aspects of the ICU environment. A model of the stages in family visits derived from a clinical field study is described. This model provides a framework for assessment and intervention strategies to facilitate patient-family contact in critical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-212
Number of pages13
JournalDimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1995


  • Anxiety
  • Communication
  • Family needs
  • Family visits
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Critical Care


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