Family-Centered Care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Kathleen L. Meert, Jeff Clark, Susan Eggly

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Patient-centered and family-centered care (PFCC) has been endorsed by many professional health care organizations. Although variably defined, PFCC is an approach to care that is respectful of and responsive to the preferences, needs, and values of individual patients and their families. Research regarding PFCC in the pediatric intensive care unit has focused on 4 areas including (1) family visitation; (2) family-centered rounding; (3) family presence during invasive procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and (4) family conferences. Although challenges to successful implementation exist, the growing body of evidence suggests that PFCC is beneficial to patients, families, and staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-772
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Conferences
  • Family
  • Invasive procedures
  • Parent
  • Rounding
  • Sibling
  • Visitation


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