Family Health Conversations (FamHC)

The Family Health Conversations (FamHC) intervention was developed in Sweden for advanced practice with families by Eva Benzein, Margaretha Hagberg, and Britt-Inger Saveman (Linneaus University and Umea University, Sweden). It uses a Family Systems Nursing theoretical foundation.

Sweden family nursing bookThe intervention is described in the new book: Att möta familjer inom vård och omsorg “Meeting with Families in Health and Community Care” (2012) [in Swedish] available from  Studentlitteratur.


Benzein, E., Hagberg, M., & Saveman, B.-I. (2008). ‘Being appropriately unusual’: A challenge for nurses in health-promoting conversations with families. Nursing Inquiry, 15(2), 106-115. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2008.00401.x

Benzein, E., Olin, C., & Persson, C. (2014).  ‘You put it all together’ – families’ evaluation of participating in Family Health Conversations.  Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/scs.1214

Benzein, E. G., & Saveman, B.-I. (2008). Health-promoting conversations about hope and suffering with couples in palliative care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14, 439-445.

Dorell, A., Bäckström, B., Ericsson, M., Johansson, M., Östlund, U., & Sundin, K. (2014). Experiences with Family Health Conversations at residential homes for older people. Clinical Nursing Research, 25(5), 560-582. doi: 10.1177/1054773814565174

Dorell Å., Östlund, U., & Sundin K. (2016). Nurses’ perspective of conducting family conversation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 11. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v11.30867

Dorell, Å., & Sundin, K. (2016). Becoming visible – Experiences from families participating in Family Health Conversations at residential homes for older people. Geriatric Nursing, 37(4), 260-265. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.02.015

Lämås, K., Sundin, K., Jacobsson, C., Saveman, B-I., Östlund, U. (2016). Possibilities to evaluate cost-effectiveness of family system nursing: An example based on Family Health Conversations with families in which a middle-aged family member had suffered stroke. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 36(2), 74-81. doi: 10.1177/0107408315610076

Lindh, V., Persson, C., Saveman, B.-I., Englund, C., Idberg, K., & Östlund, U.  (2013). An initiative to teach family systems nursing using online health-promoting conversations: A multi-methods evaluation. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(2), 54-66. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v3n2p54

Östlund, U., Bäckström, B., Lindh, V., Sundin, K., & Saveman, B.-I. (2015).  Nurses’ fidelity to theory-based core components when implementing Family Health Conversations—a qualitative inquiry. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Science, 29(3), 582-590. doi: 10.1111/scs.12179

Östlund, U., Bäckström, B., Saveman, B.-I., Lindh, V., & Sundin, K. (2016). A Family Systems Nursing approach for families following a stroke: Family Health Conversations. Journal of Family Nursing, 22(2), 148-171. doi: 10.1177/1074840716642790

Persson, C., & Benzein, E. (2014).  Family Health Conversations:  How do they support health? Nursing Research and Practice, 2014, Article ID 547160.  doi:

Sundin, K., Pusa, S., Lundstedt, E., Wincent, N., Östlund, U., Bäckström, B.,… Saveman, B.-I. (2015). What couples choose to focus on during nurse-led Family Health Conversations when suffering stroke. The International Journal for Human Caring, 19(2), 22-28. doi: