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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The needs of family members of patients with severe brain injury were investigated using a descriptive-correlational design. A convenience sample of family members (N = 23) were surveyed with the Critical Care Family Needs Inventory (CCFNI). Need statements from the CCFNI were rank ordered, and a total score for the CCFNI was calculated. The majority of the top ranked needs consisted of assurance and information needs, which is consistent with other research using the CCFNI. Descriptive statistics were used to compare the results from this study with Lorenz’s study (1995).

Furthermore, this investigation attempted to reveal a relationship between family needs and the patient Glasgow Coma Scale level (CCS). A weak inverse relationship was shown between the patient’s CCS and family needs, however this relationship was not statistically significant (p > .05).


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