What are the experiences of healthcare professionals in intensive care units when families participate in clinical handover?
The review will consider articles that focus on healthcare professionals working in intensive care units including registered nurses, doctors and all allied health professionals including but not limited to pharmacists, dieticians, physiotherapists and social workers.
Eligible studies will examine family involvement in clinician handovers including nursing handovers and medical ward rounds at any shift change-over period and all levels of family participation from presence only to active decision-making. 'Family is defined as any person considered by the patient (or surrogate decision-maker) to be their family and who has a supportive and ongoing significant relationship with the patient. Family may, or may not, be related biologically or legally and could be a close friend, next-of-kin or legally appointed representative.
This review will consider studies undertaken in adult, paediatric and neonatal intensive care units (ICU) in all countries; regional, rural and metropolitan; all levels of ICU from primary to quaternary.