Partnership between nurses and families of patients in the critical care setting

Lucy Kirkham Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England

Why you should read this article:
  • Recognize the challenges families may face when a loved one is admitted to intensive care

  • Identify the benefits of family-centered care and working in partnership with patients’ families

  • Consider how you could implement an effective partnership in your practice

When someone becomes seriously ill, they may be admitted to an intensive care environment, which can have significant effects on themselves and their family. There is a wealth of literature exploring the experiences and priorities of patients and their families with critical care, but also a lack of research on practical interventions that can improve care delivery in this setting. This article explores working in partnership between nurses and patients’ families in the critical care setting and examines barriers and facilitators to family-centered care. The author draws on the literature to consider interventions that may improve family-centered care in this setting, and makes some recommendations for practice.

Nursing standard.
do I: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11669

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Kirkham L (2022) Partnership between nurses and patient families in the critical care environment. Nursing standard. doi:10.7748/ns.2022.e11669

Online: June 06, 2022

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