Effectiveness trial of an intensive communication structure for families of long-stay ICU patients.
Chest. 2010 Dec;138(6):1340-8
Authors: Daly BJ, Douglas SL, O'Toole E, Gordon NH, Hejal R, Peerless J, Rowbottom J, Garland A, Lilly C, Wiencek C, Hickman R
Formal family meetings have been recommended as a useful approach to assist in goal setting, facilitate decision making, and reduce use of ineffective resources in the ICU. We examined patient outcomes before and after implementation of an intensive communication system (ICS) to test the effect of regular, structured formal family meetings on patient outcomes among long-stay ICU patients.
PMID: 20576734 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]