Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The family is a major source of support for the intensive care patient. To provide optimal support to the patient the family’s needs must be met. A convenience sample of thirty family members of intensive care patients were interviewed. The continuing importance of primary needs established in previous studies was demonstrated. None of the needs were universally perceived as being fulfilled. The nurse was most often cited as the best person to meet needs. Many respondents couldn’t choose a single best person emphasizing the need for a multi disciplinary approach to meeting needs. Seven additional needs were identified (a) to know their right to question patient care, (b) to have a secure place to store belongings, (c) to have a place to sleep, (d) to have a member of the clergy available, (d) to be assured the patient is comfortable (e) to have a place for emotional outlets, and (f) to be assured patient confidentiality is maintained.


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