I think this applies to any family meeting, not just in the ICU – but what a great quote.
“Family meetings are similar to any other procedure performed in the ICU. They require methodical planning and preparation, should follow a logical format and should be supervised by someone competent in performing them.”
(from: Scheunemann LP, Arnold RM, White DB. The facilitated values history: helping surrogates make authentic decisions for incapacitated patients with advanced illness. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Sep 15;186(6):480-6. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201204-0710CP. Epub 2012 Jul 19. Review.)