Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Andrea Bostrom

Second Advisor

Patricia Underwood

Third Advisor

Rodney Mulder


This study examined the perceived needs of family members of trauma patients using Molter's (1979) Critical Care Family Needs Inventory. The ranking of needs of major and minor trauma patients family members were analyzed to determine differences between these two groups.; A convenience sample of 41 family members of trauma patients were surveyed. They included family members of 17 minor trauma patients and 24 major trauma patients. Minor trauma patients were those patients with Injury Severity Scores 12 or less. Major trauma patients had ISSs scores of 13 or greater. All 45 needs were considered very important by at least one subject. Consistent with other studies the need to have questions answered honestly was ranked number one in this study. The need to have directions of what to do at the bedside, have understandable explanations, and know specific facts concerning the patient were ranked significantly different between the two groups.


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