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Family health literacy supports critically ill patients during intensive care unit (ICU) stay. This review aimed to provide an overview of family health literacy. Literature was searched in Medline, Scopus, SINTA, PubMed, Google Scholar, Web of Science, Science Direct and Pro-Quest databases. This review followed PRISMA protocol. Each study was assessed for its quality and risk of bias by two reviewers independently using JBI instruments. Any disagreements were resolved by consensus. Seven studies were included in the review, in which the patient’s family requires information regarding the patient’s diagnosis, treatment, state of comfort, interaction, and prognosis. Some IT-based interventions were proven to be effective in enhancing family health literacy. Meta-analysis was unable to be performed due to variations of the design of included studies and outcomes measured. It is concluded that further study is required to investigate the health literacy of the family of ICU patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-306
Number of pages5
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Family
  • Health literacy
  • Health outcomes
  • Information seeking
  • Intensive care unit


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