A smooth transition for the patient is the ultimate goal.
Editor's note: This is part one of a three-part series, Supporting Family Caregivers, in collaboration with the AARP Foundation and funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation. The series is part of an initiative, Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings, and builds on the work addressed in AJN's September 2008 State of the Science report, "Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregivers" (available at http://bit.ly/o9GZOD). Each article in the series has an accompanying video; the first video can be accessed at http://links.lww.com/AJN/A25.
Keywords: caregiver, family caregiver, family-centered nursing, needs assessment, patient-centered care, patient-centered nursing
This article is part one of a three-part series designed to help nurses help caregivers.
Carol Levine is director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund (UHF) in New York City and director of the UHF's Next Step in Care Web site: www.nextstepincare.org. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.