Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Patient- and Family-Centered Care in the ICU

Many medical centers have incorporated the concept of patient- and family-centered care into their mission statements and are now introducing policies that address topics such as open visiting hours in the ICU and family presence at resuscitation. These changes are often being made in the absence of robust evidence to support their introduction. There must be a commitment to rigorous study of these issues so that we can understand the risks and benefits for patients, family members, and the healthcare team.

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Idea No. 599