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A multicenter, cluster-randomized superiority trial of a guideline-based Family Support intervention in Intensive Care Units

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Family members are important to the well-being and recovery of critically ill persons, yet are themselves profoundly affected by the critical illness. During a close other’s treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU), families experience high levels of stress and uncertainty, particularly in the event of surrogate decision-making and loss. About one third experiences adverse mental health. The FICUS trial tests the effect of a nurse-led, interprofessional family support intervention in ICU on quality of family care, family management, and individual mental health compared to usual care provided to family members.

The study is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

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