The "big picture": Communicating with families about end-of-life care in intensive care unit

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Abstract

This article presents the findings of a qualitative study investigating how critical care nurses include families in end-of-life care. The major theme, "Supporting the Families' Journey Through the Dying Process," illustrates how critical care nurses organize information to construct the "big picture" of the patients' deteriorating status and artfully communicate this to families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-231
Number of pages8
JournalDimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Keywords

  • Communication
  • End of life
  • Families

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