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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
When confronted by the specific stress of a close relative's illness, the family members' reactions may be schematically divided into three stages: 1) disorganization; 2) reintegration; and 3) adjustment. Either disorganization can be intensified or adjustment can be fostered, depending on the physician's understanding of the feelings the family members experience and his willingness and ability to be helpful. The family members' responses, in turn, will influence the patient's reaction to illness or his recovery and rehabilitation. Accordingly, good medical practice requires that the physician include the family in his total treatment plan whenever possible.
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