Preparing the family

        • Preparing the family
          • General principles of family education
            • Establish a rapport with the family.
            • Avoid using any specialized terms or jargon. 
              • Clarify all terms with the family.
            • When possible, allow family members to decide how they want to be taught (e.g., all at once or over 1 or 2 days). 
              • This gives the family a chance to incorporate the information at a rate that is comfortable.
            • Provide accurate information to the family about the illness.
            • Assist family members in identifying obstacles to their ability to comply with the regimen and in identifying the means to overcome those obstacles. 
              • Then help family members find ways to incorporate the plan into their daily lives.
          • Family preparation for procedures
            • Name of the procedure
            • Purpose of the procedure
            • Length of time anticipated to complete the procedure
            • Anticipated effects
            • Signs of adverse effects
            • Assess the family’s level of understanding
            • Demonstrate and have family return demonstration (if appropriate)

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