Family meetings are one way in which families can be involved, empowered and supported by nurses. They can be a proactive way of managing and planning care but unfortunately are often instigated only when problems arise. These meetings can be invaluable, and should be considered on:
Download palliative care case conference forms from palliAGED
A Palliative Care case conference (family meeting) may also be required when a resident or patient meets the following criteria:
When considering a family meeting (sometimes called case conferences in General Practice and Residential Aged Care) it is important to decide who should be present, such as relevant members of the multidisciplinary team, family, GP, community and or /care organisations. The patient and their family should also be asked who they think should be present.
Sometimes discussions are held after hours where crisis management may be required. As soon as possible bring in the wider team to communicate and plan what is required next.
Read the palliAGED 'Case Conferences' Practice Tip Sheet
Read about The SPIKES protocol for family meetings
More working with families resources
Last updated 20 August 2021