FIRO model: A framework for family-centered care

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The Family FIRO model can be used in understanding family relationship patterns in family-centered care interventions for persons with Alzheimer's disease. Understanding family interaction processes can inform the development of practice models where family serves as a central contextual influence in the treatment process. The Family FIRO model has three core dimensions, inclusion, control, and affection, that identify needs of family members, organize the complexities of family interaction patterns, and serve to sequence family issues. Previously published research is summarized and selectively abstracted to support the application of the model to a family member with Alzheimer's disease. Implications for occupational therapy practice are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2002


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Family FIRO model
  • Occupational therapy


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