Parent and staff perceptions of family-centered care in two Australian children's hospitals

Gill, F., Shields, L., Monterosso, L., Pascoe, E., Young, J., Tanner, A., and Burr, C. (2011) Parent and staff perceptions of family-centered care in two Australian children's hospitals. In: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (12) A4-A4. From: Sixth World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care: one world sharing knowledge, 13-17 March 2011, Sydney, NSW.

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Introduction: Whilst Family-centred care (FCC) is an accepted philosophy underpinning healthcare in paediatrics, there is no evidence that this approach is effective or appropriate.

Objective: To examine hospital staff perceptions of FCC in Western Australia and Queensland, to examine of parents of hospitalized children perceptions of FCC, to compare perceptions of FCC between parents and staff and, to further validate the study questionnaire.

Method: Following institutional ethics approval, a comparative survey, using established questionnaires was distributed to two groups: a) parents of children who were inpatients in two tertiary paediatric hospital and b) nurses, doctors and allied health staff employed in the same settings.

Results: Questionnaires with completed data were returned by 238 parents and 467 staff. Analyses will identify the demographic characteristics of parent and staff, and mean FCC scale scores for parents and staff using Mann-Whitney U tests with adjusted Type I error for multiple comparisons. Preliminary results indicate that overall parents' responses were more positive than staff. Further assessment of the scales will use principal components analysis and Cronbach's alpha coefficients.

Conclusions: This is the largest study to date to compare staff and parents perceptions of FCC. It will provide information which can be used to facilitate understanding of FCC in the Australian context. This study aims to generate evidence about the effectiveness, applicability, and appropriateness of FCC in Australian paediatric health facilities and will guide the development of the most appropriate model for hospital environments.

Item ID: 27852
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISSN: 1947-3893
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 02:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 50%
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