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Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2007 May-Jun;26(3):101-7; quiz 108-9.

Promotion of family integrity in the acute care setting: a review of the literature.

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Adult Health Department, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.


The acute illness of 1 family member can then negatively affect all family members and lead to the disruption of family functioning and integrity. During the patient's hospitalization, nurses are in a key position to support family members, maintain family integrity, and ready them for assuming the role of caretaker during the patient's recovery and management of health at home. This article reviews current research findings that provide empirical support for activities that promote family integrity. Strategies for nurses to support family members during the hospitalization of an adult family member and suggestions for future research are provided.

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