School of Health Sciences
family presence, healthcare, hospital, recovery time
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
McCabe, Michelle, "Impact of Family Presence in the Healthcare Setting" (2014). Senior Honors Theses. 459.
Family presence at the patient’s bed side is promoted and encouraged within the healthcare arena. Healthcare staff strive for reports of satisfaction from patients and families. Positive and negative outcomes of family presence on units within the hospital have been assessed, with suggestions for visitation practices and solutions for common concerns. Positive patient outcomes, including accelerated recovery time, increased reports of comfort, and decreased duration of hospital stay are the ultimate goals of hospital care. Research shows that patient outcomes are impacted greatly by family presence. Patient- and family-centered care represent the future model of healthcare. Knowledge of these policies and potential consequences of their implementation will guide the practice of nurses and other healthcare professionals.