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, 23 (1), 64-6

The Value of a Family-Centered Approach in the NICU and PICU: One Family's Perspective

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The Value of a Family-Centered Approach in the NICU and PICU: One Family's Perspective

M M Sweeney. Pediatr Nurs.

Abstract

A family-centered approach in the NICU and PICU can make a tremendous difference to parents, providing the basis for systematic support. One family's story of a high-risk twin pregnancy, long hospitalizations, and ultimately the deaths of both daughters illustrates the kind of support system that families need. Positive examples from their experiences show the value of a family-centered approach, while negative examples show how difficult the intensive care environment can be for parents when family-centered care is missing. Parents and staff working together in partnership can improve the intensive care experience for all involved.

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