Psychometric Evaluation of the Family Willingness for Caregiving Scale (FWCS)

Author(s): Cindy Wilk, PhD, APRN-CNS, CCRN-K, CNE, and Amy Petrinec, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires May 01, 2027

Topics: Family-Centered Care

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

During intensive care unit (ICU) hospitalization, family members have an opportunity to participate in caregiving for the patient to learn skills that facilitate recovery. In addition to helping to meet the patient’s needs after discharge, family caregiving in the ICU can have positive effects on the caregiver such as improving adaptation to the situation and alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress (collectively known as post–intensive care syndrome–family, or PICS-F). Most family members want to be involved in caregiving in the ICU, but the extent of that desired involvement varies. Surveys used in the reported studies lack clarity and comprehensiveness and were not thoroughly evaluated for psychometric adequacy; therefore, we identified a need for an instrument with which to measure caregiving willingness of family members in the ICU.


  • Identify the purpose for developing the Family Willingness for Caregiving Scale (FWCS).
  • Analyze the findings related to caregiver willingness in this sample of family members of intensive care unit patients.
  • Describe the practical implications of using the FWCS for family engagement in ICU care.

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