The COVID-19 Pandemic: a Family Affair

Marie Louise Luttik, Cristina Garcia-Vivar, Hanne Konradsen, Romy Mahrer-Imhof, Lorenz Imhof, Anne Brodsgaard, Birte Ostergaard, Karin Dieperink, Erla Kolbrun-Svavarsdottir

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A new viral illness called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is currently spreading throughout the world at an alarming rate (Dong et al., 2020). As family nursing practitioners, educators, and researchers, we work from a guiding assumption that health and “illness is a family affair” (Wright & Bell, 2009, p. ix). Patients, clients, residents, and their families are inextricably connected. The science and practice of Family Nursing is based on a systemic premise offered by Wright and Leahey (2013) that serious illness and life challenges impact the family unit, and reciprocally, the functioning of the family unit (including their structure, development, and function) influences the health and well-being of each family member. This especially holds true for the current coronavirus pandemic which is creating unique hardships and suffering in an alarmingly large number of patients and their families around the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-89
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • covid-19
  • families
  • family nursing
  • post-pandemic health care
  • long-term implications


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