Measuring family centred care: working with children and their parents in a tertiary hospital

Shields, Linda, Mamun, Abdulla A., Pereira, Sandra, O'Nions, Pam, and Chaney, Gervase (2011) Measuring family centred care: working with children and their parents in a tertiary hospital. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, 1 (1). pp. 155-160.

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DOI: 10.5750%2Fijpcm.v1i1.41
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Rationale and aim: Family-centred care (FCC) is widely used in paediatrics, though no rigorous evidence for it exists. A growing body of qualitative research raises concerns about FCC, and health professionals’ attitudes to it. We measured attitudes to working with children and working with parents of hospitalised children held by nurses, doctors, allied health and ancillary staff at an Australian children’s hospital, using a validated questionnaire with two scores, one for working with children, one for working with parents, and demographic characteristics, and compared responses. Method: we recruited a randomized sample, and compared means of working with children and working with parents scores, 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: respondents gave significantly more positive scores for working with children than parents. These were influenced by level of education, whether respondents were parents themselves, if they held senior positions, had worked with children for a long time, and held a paediatric qualification. Conclusions: paediatric health professionals view working with children in a more positive light than working with parents. However, if FCC was being implemented effectively, given its empahsis on the whole family as the unit of care, there would be no difference between working with children or their parents. This quantiative study supports the increasing bodyof qualitative research which highlights problems with this model. In addition, this study provides a way to measure FCC.

Item ID: 27853
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2043-7749
Keywords: children, family-centered care, parents, tertiary hospital
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Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2013 02:27
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 @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 30%
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