Intensive Care Unit Clinicians’ Perspectives on Achieving Proactive Interprofessional Family Meetings

Author(s): Jennifer B. Seaman, PhD, RN, Kimberly J. Rak, PhD, MPH, Amanda K. Carpenter, MPH, MID, Robert M. Arnold, MD, and Douglas B. White, MD, MAS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2025

Topics: Communication, Family-Centered Care

Role: APRN, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

A key barrier to proactive family meetings is the mindset that family meetings need occur only when a clinical decision must be made, rather than proactively to support and engage families. Clinicians suggested ways to make proactive family meetings routine.


  • Identify common barriers (at the clinician, unit, and hospital level) to implementing proactive interprofessional family meetings in the ICU
  • Describe how clinicians’ beliefs about the purpose of family meetings might impact the timing of family meetings
  • List three members (professional role) of the ICU team who can facilitate the implementation of proactive interprofessional family meetings

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