Family care in intensive care units

Shelley Schmollgruber


Critical illness, and subsequent hospitalisation, in an intensive care unit (ICU) is a stressful situation that disrupts the family system. Families experience emotional, physical and psychological reactions as they are confronted with the separation of family members, uncertainty regarding prognosis and recovery, unfamiliar surroundings and a potentially overwhelming financial burden. Recent studies suggest that with preventive strategies such as family-focused professional care and early intervention, the incidence of family dysfunction can be minimised

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Shelley Schmollgruber, Department of Nursing Education, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Southern African Journal of Critical Care 2019;35(1):6. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.2019.v35i1.402

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Date submitted: 2019-08-15
Date published: 2019-08-15

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