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Family input key to good patient outcomes

Glen Taylor Nursing Institute research

Family input is important to patient health, nursing institute finds.

By Robb Murray, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 9/10/2011]

The evidence is clear. Get the family involved in the medical care for a loved one’s chronic illness, and the chances of that patient living longer go up.

That message was delivered loud and clear at a South Central College lecture by Kit Chesla, a pioneer in the field of family involvement in the care of people suffering from dementia, heart disease, cancer or any other chronic illness.

She spoke at SCC as part of a forum sponsored by the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society at Minnesota State Mankato. Chesla was the keynote speaker during a full day of workshops centered on the theme of nurses helping patients by helping families.

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