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Project Director’s Perspective*: The Critical Care Family Assistance Program

Kalpalatha Guntupalli, MD, FCCP; D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP; Jeffery Vender, MD, FCCP; Gail Clary, MD, FCCP; Joseph LoCicero, III, MD, FCCP
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*From the Ben Taub General Hospital (Dr. Guntupalli), Houston, TX; Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dr. McCaffree), Oklahoma City, OK; Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (Dr. Vender), Evanston, IL; Pardee Hospital (Dr. Clary), Hendersonville, NC; and University of South Alabama Medical Center (Dr. LoCicero), Mobile, AL.

Correspondence to: Kalpalatha Guntupalli, MD, FCCP, Baylor College of Medicine, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX; e-mail: kkg@bcm.tmc.edu



Chest. 2005;128(3_suppl):106S-110S. doi:10.1378/chest.128.3_suppl.106S
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The Critical Care Family Assistance Program (CCFAP) is designed to respond to the unmet needs of families of critically ill patients in hospital ICUs through the provision of educational and family support services. In May 2002, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations convened an advisory panel to explore the establishment of an “ICU core measures set framework.” The panel, composed of experts in critical care representing academic medical centers, medical specialty societies, the federal government, and business consulting groups, seeks to develop a framework for ICU core measures and the identification of potential key measurements within that framework. One of the goals of the CCFAP model is to be capable of meeting those measures, and from a research perspective, to provide data that will contribute to the field of critical care medicine.

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