The ideal of family-centred care: what the evidence tells us

Molloy, Ryley, Smyth, Wendy, Zhou, Huaqiong, and Shields, Linda (2013) The ideal of family-centred care: what the evidence tells us. Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 14 (1). p. 15.

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Background/Aims: Family-centred care is an ideal espoused widely in paediatrics. In family-centred care, when a child comes into hospital, care is planned around the whole family instead of restricting it to the individual child. This presentation explores the evidence about family-centred care for children in hospital.

Methods: Three systematic reviews were undertaken and we summarise and present their findings.

Results: The two reviews of quantitative studies (Cochrane and Johanna Briggs Institute)found only one quasi-experimental study for inclusion. That study provides insufficient evidence about the effectiveness of family-centred care within a hospital setting. A review of qualitative studies (Johanna Briggs Institute) included 14 studies which showed that family-centred care is poorly implemented around the world.

Conclusion: Whilst family centred care is regarded as the ideal, it remains difficult to articulate exactly what that means in practice. Further research is required to explore the complexities of implementing family-centred care.

Item ID: 30874
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1448-4706
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2014 02:58
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