The impact of a patients illness on families is widespread and profound family members are affected in multiple ways across all medical specialties this study has identified the major ways in which family lives can be affected by disease and the commonality of issues across all diseases. This course will review crisis theory and family systems theory as they apply to families of chronically ill patients in addition this course will review areas of family life that chronic illness impacts how families respond to various stressors caregiver stress and the role of gender culture race and ethnicity by understanding the social impact chronic physical illness has on the . Family support critical for managing patients with chronic health problems help many patients with chronic illness manage their health conditions says co author ann marie rosland md . Family members in the care of chronically ill patients but few resources exist to guide them this report aims to summarize the reasons why involving family in adult chronic illness care has the potential to improve care processes patient self management and patient outcomes highlight the differences between family. The effect on family caregivers across most chronic illnesses can be grouped into changes in social economic physi cal and mental status7 10 the burden of family caregivers with chronic or progres sive illness11 14 this burden may lead the caregiver to postpone his her own needs15 the patients close family mem
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