This descriptive, cross-sectional survey study illustrates the roles for and motives of being a family visitor to accompany a hospitalized loved one during hospitalization in a Taiwanese hospital. Family visitors were approached by research assistants on a random basis in acute inpatient units. Among the 1,034 participants, 91% were relatives. About 80.0% of them were present to attend to the patient's physical care, 61.0% to offer psychological support, and 63.5% to express their desire to learn more about the patient's medical condition and illness in time. Their primary motives included fulfilling one of their responsibilities, coming to help voluntarily, showing filial piety for their parent, and being afraid that the patient could not obtain appropriate care. The family involvement culture in Taiwan may have placed pressure on family members to be present at the bedside and contributed to families' psychological and financial burden.
- Patient care
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