Letting go: family willingness to forgo life support.

  title={Letting go: family willingness to forgo life support.},
  author={Valerie A Swigart and Charles W. Lidz and V A Butterworth and Robert R Arnold},
  journal={Heart & lung : the journal of critical care},
  volume={25 6},
OBJECTIVE To describe the process of family decision making about life support in the critical care setting. DESIGN Descriptive, exploratory. SETTING A northeastern United States university-affiliated medical intensive care unit. SAMPLE Thirty family members of 16 critically ill patients. RESULTS Letting go or becoming willing to forgo life support involved three interrelated and complex processes: (1) family members sought out, obtained, and tried to understand information about the… CONTINUE READING

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