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Pediatr Nurs. 1997 Jan-Feb;23(1):64-6.

The value of a family-centered approach in the NICU and PICU: one family's perspective.

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Partners in Intensive Care, Bethesda, MD 20824-1043, USA.

Abstract

A family-centered approach in the NICU and PICU can make a tremendous difference to parents, providing the basis for systematic support. One family's story of a high-risk twin pregnancy, long hospitalizations, and ultimately the deaths of both daughters illustrates the kind of support system that families need. Positive examples from their experiences show the value of a family-centered approach, while negative examples show how difficult the intensive care environment can be for parents when family-centered care is missing. Parents and staff working together in partnership can improve the intensive care experience for all involved.

PMID:
9137024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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