Partnering With and Engaging Families in the ICU

Professor Andrea Marshall

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Lecture overview

Critical care practice is underpinned by policy and research which acknowledges the benefits of patient and family engagement in the intensive care unit. Engagement occurs across a continuum from low to high levels of engagement. In this session we will discuss how patient and family involvement in care delivery can be promoted, ways in which families might be engaged while their family member is in the ICU, the potential benefits to the patient, family and health professionals, and managing potential challenges. We will also discuss some novel approaches for more active family engagement and partnerships in the ICU.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Define family engagement in the ICU, the continuum across which it might occur and potential benefits to patients, family and health professionals.
  2. Describe strategies to promote family engagement in the ICU. 
  3. Identify what factors might help or hinder family engagement in the ICU.
  4.  Introduce novel ways of activating a higher level of family engagement in the ICU.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Prof. Andrea Marshall

Andrea Marshall is Professor of Acute and Complex Care Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University. She is a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Her program of research focuses on improving outcomes for acute and critically ill patients with a focus on nutrition interventions. Andrea uses knowledge translation strategies in practice and research to improve patient outcomes for acutely ill hospitalised patients. She is currently leading randomised controlled trial evaluating the short-term outcomes of a family-centred nutrition intervention to improve nutrition intake of patients recovering from critical illness. She has published over 120 research manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Australian Critical Care. She is a co-editor of the recently published textbook Critical Care Nursing (4thedition).


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