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Supporting Family Caregivers: Communicating with Family Caregivers

Walton, Mary K. MSN, MBE

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: December 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 12 - pp 47-53
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000408186.67511.b9
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Nurses can foster partnerships with patients and families during acute care hospitalizations.

Editor's note: This is the last article in 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 Each article in the series has an accompanying video; the third video can be accessed at

Promoting nurse–family caregiver partnerships during acute care hospitalizations is necessary for smooth transitions.

Mary K. Walton is a nurse ethicist and the director of patient- and family-centered care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Contact author: The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.