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F—Family Caregivers 

F—Family Caregivers
F—Family Caregivers

Elaine Wittenberg

, Joy V. Goldsmith

, Sandra L. Ragan

, and Terri Ann Parnell

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date: 13 April 2021

Family is essential in navigating and delivering care for patients and is central to the success of a care plan. Nurses are information providers and communication facilitators, educating the patient/family about illness and procedures, challenging family members to consider the consequences of treatment, and encouraging awareness about a patient’s decline over time. Recognizing that family is significantly impacted when a loved one is seriously, chronically, or terminally ill can foster partnerships and bring supportive, clear communication to the family’s care experience. Learning about the family’s history, their background, the primary caregiver’s family role, and the needs of families are vital to patient- and family-centered nursing. Seeing the patient/family as one unit is vital to delivering palliative care. A family system and its pattern of communication precede any illness experience. That pattern of communication sets the stage for specific caregiver communication behaviors that impact patient care and outcomes.

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