Improving Family Intensive Care Unit Experiences at the End of Life: Barriers and Facilitators

Author(s): Freda DeKeyser Ganz, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Jun 01, 2026

Topics: COVID-19, Family-Centered Care, Palliative/End-of-life Care

Population: Geriatric, Neonatal, Pediatric, Adult

Role: APRN, Educator, Staff

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Activity Summary

The past 5 to 10 years have seen a groundswell of literature on the experiences of family members of intensive care unit patients at the end of life. An important role of critical care nurses is to help family members through this challenging period. This article highlights a few clinically significant barriers and facilitators related to improving family experiences at the patient’s end of life that have received less attention in the literature thus far.


  • Describe how nurses can facilitate family ICU experiences at end-of-life.
  • Describe some of the barriers to positive family ICU experiences at end-of-life.
  • Describe interventions that nurses as members of the healthcare team can take in order to improve family ICU experiences at end-of-life.

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