A Communication Strategy for Families of Patients Dying in the ICU
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Decisions to limit life sustaining treatments are made for most patients dying in the ICU, usually with input from the family. The well-being of the family may be jeopardized by involvement in the decision-making process and bereavement. We evaluated the ability of a proactive communication strategy (family conference and providing family members with a bereavement information leaflet) designed to improve family well-being.
Condition or disease
Family of Dying Patient in the ICU
Procedure: family conference with bereavement information leaflet
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
family of dying patient
family having no enough knowledge of French to respond to telephone interview