A Whirlpool of Stress in Families of Intensive Care Unit Patients: A Qualitative Multicenter Study

Author(s): Bahman Aghaie, PhD, Monireh Anoosheh, PhD, Mahshid Foroughan, MD, Esa Mohammadi, PhD, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 26, 2023

Topics: Family-Centered Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Unidentified pathological stress in family members during a loved one’s ICU stay hinders their ability to appropriately support the patient and may even be transferred to the patient. Meanwhile, empathetic understanding of the family’s stresses can help nurses develop family-centered care plans to meet family members’ needs, augment their trust in health care providers, enhance their adherence to hospital regulations, and prepare them for greater participation in patient-related decisions. The study was conducted to investigate the characteristics and origins of the stresses experienced by family members during ICU hospitalizations of their loved ones.


  • Identifies multi-dimensional stress from the family perspective and not from the perspective of health care providers.
  • Explains the experiences of families during the ICU admission of their loved one.
  • Contributes to the development of tools to assess the family situation in the critical days of hospitalization to ICU.

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