A volunteer program for helping families in a critical care unit.

@article{Parsonnet1987AVP,
  title={A volunteer program for helping families in a critical care unit.},
  author={L Parsonnet and Larry Weinstein},
  journal={Health & social work},
  year={1987},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={21-7}
}
When patients are critically ill, their families suffer extreme emotional distress, often without the support of staff who must focus first on patients' needs. This article describes a social work program that has successfully used volunteers in a critical care unit to facilitate communication between family members and staff, lessen the family's sense of isolation, and provide responsive services in a crisis-oriented setting.