critical care waiting room, family members, perceived needs, unmet needs



  1. Fry, Shirley MSN, RN
  2. Warren, Nancy A. PhD, RN


A phenomenological study with Heideggerian hermeneutic contextual analysis was used to illuminate the perceived needs of family members who were in the critical care waiting room. Family members freely expressed their perceptions of perceived needs, and thick descriptions supported 4 explicit needs expressed by all participants. These needs were seeking information, trusting the professionals, being a part of the care, and maintaining a positive outlook. The dialogues of the participants were presented to develop awareness and stimulate conversation regarding the needs of family members in the critical care waiting room who are an integral part of the healing process of patients in the critical care unit.