The vast majority of patients have families who share in the decision making and consequences of an illness. In fact, the involvement of family members when someone is ill is so common that their absence should raise some concerns. This chapter first describes the decision-making processes that occur involving the patient, the family, and the health care team. Second, the chapter traces the family’s experience of an illness from its onset to its conclusion in recovery or death, and suggestions are made for therapeutic interventions by health care providers.
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