Changing Dysfunctional Relationships Between Family and Hospital

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

One of the most significant aspects of hospitalization is disruption of family life. The negative consequences of this experience, including anxiety, regression, passivity, dependency, and long-term emotional distortions, particularly in children, have been well documented. However, any member of the family will suffer when abruptly removed from the family context and placed in an environment where the “art” of medicine often takes a back seat to concentration on technology and organizational flow.

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