Family-centered care in the pediatric intensive care unit

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 Jun;60(3):761-72. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2013.02.011. Epub 2013 Mar 7.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units, Pediatric*
  • Nuclear Family*
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Pediatrics
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Visitors to Patients