Date of Award

Spring 1986

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on families of intensive care patients, using a framework on levels of coping adapted from Garland and Bush (1982). Stressors from families encountered by nurses, and stressors and needs of families are identified. Assessment methods and strategies to meet families' needs and assist families to help meet patients' needs are reviewed. Nursing implications for practice and research are identified in the essay.

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