Perceptions of family-centred care: a UK pilot study of the Shields and Tanner questionnaires

Aggarwal, Smeer, Chadha, Puneet, Kalia, Sanjeev, Richardson, Scott, Winterbottom, Lucy, and Shields, Linda (2009) Perceptions of family-centred care: a UK pilot study of the Shields and Tanner questionnaires. Neonatal Paediatric & Child Health Nursing, 12 (2). pp. 25-29.

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The aim of this study was to test the content, reliability, validity, applicability and ease of use of a pair of questionnaires (Shields and Tanner questionnaires) which examine the perceptions of family-centred care (FCC) held by parents of hospitalised children and the staff who care for them. FCC, while a cornerstone of current paediatric practice, is not always implemented effectively, as it depends on the perceptions held by both those who administer it, the staff, and those who receive it, the parents.

In this cross-sectional study with convenience samples in three hospitals in north-east England, five medical students collected, entered, analysed and interpreted the data using SPSS and Cronbach's alpha. The Cronbach's alpha for each questionnaire was 0.79 (staff) and 0.72 (parents). These questionnaires proved to be reliable and valid, easy to use, and were relevant for use in studies about FCC. While the reliability was tested, the samples were not large enough to do any other statistical tests such as factor analysis. This will be part of a subsequent study. This study can now be used for larger studies, the results of which will inform the delivery of care to children and families in hospitals.

Item ID: 24072
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1411-6638
Keywords: family-centred care, paediatrics, pilot study
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2013 06:44
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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