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Defining Patient and Family Engagement in the Intensive Care Unit
Barbara Sarnoff Lee, L.I.C.S.W.; Kathleen Turner, R.N.; Dominick L. Frosch, Ph.D.
the American Thoracic Society
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Critical Care Physicians, General Medical Professionals, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals
Patient and family* engagement in the ICU is an active partnership between health professionals and patients and families working at every level of the healthcare system to improve health and the quality, safety, and delivery of healthcare. Arenas for such engagement include but are not limited to participation in direct care, communication of patient values and goals, and transformation of care processes to promote and protect individual respect and dignity. PFE comprises five core concepts: Collaboration, Respect and Dignity, Activation and Participation, Information Sharing, and Decision Making
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