Measuring family centered care: working with children and their parents in two second level hospitals in Australia

Shields, Linda, Mamun, Abdulla A., Flood, Krisy, and Combs, Shane (2014) Measuring family centered care: working with children and their parents in two second level hospitals in Australia. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 2 (2). pp. 206-211.

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DOI: 10.5750%2Fejpch.v2i2.735
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Rationale and aim: As a model of care, family-centred care (FCC) is ubiquitous in paediatrics. In a previous study we demonstrated the attitudes of health professionals in a tertiary children’s hospital towards when working with children and with their parents. This present study replicates that project in two second-level hospitals.

Method: We used a validated questionnaire with two scores, one for working with children and one for working with parents. We examined demographic characteristics and compared responses from a randomized sample of nurses, doctors, allied health staff and ancillary workers. We compared means and medians of scores given to working with children and working with parents, using a Wilcoxon signed rank test p<0.0001. Mean differences by categories of demographics were estimated using ANOVA and median test compared the median scores.

Results: Participants gave significantly more positive scores for working with children than parents. These were influenced by level of education, whether respondents were parents themselves, the time they had worked in their respective occupations, if they had worked with children for a long time and held a paediatric qualification.

Conclusions: Staff in two similar second level hospitals experienced working with children in a more positive light than working with their parents. We argue that if FCC was being implemented effectively, there would be no observable difference between working with children or their parents.

Item ID: 27759
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2052-5656
Keywords: Children, conceptual basis, effectiveness, empirical evidence, family-centred care, health services research, implementation, parents, person-centered healthcare, policy
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2014 22:55
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 70%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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