Much More Than Just a Visit: A Review of Visiting Policies in Select Canadian Acute Care Hospitals

November 2015

Through its Better Together: Partnering with Families campaign, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare improvement aims to change the concept of families as ‘visitors’ to families as partners in care in hospitals. This report offers a snapshot of the visiting policies at 114 Canadian acute care hospitals. It identified 36 hospitals with ‘accommodating’ visiting policies.

In 2014, CFHI adapted the Institute for Patient and Family-centred Care’s Better Together model to a Canadian context, and since then has led the campaign in Canada.

Family presence policies enable patients to designate family members or other caregivers to participate in their care and have unrestricted access to them while hospitalized.

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