Protocol for study of who owns the child in hospital

Molloy, Ryley, Smyth, Wendy, and Shields, Linda (2015) Protocol for study of who owns the child in hospital. Working Papers in the Health Sciences, 1 (11). pp. 1-6.

[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website:


Background: When a child is hospitalised, the whole family can be affected. Those caring for the child must consider the impact of the child's admission on all of the family members. In many hospitals, paediatric health professionals will use family centred care (FCC) during a child’s admission to ensure care is planned around the whole family. This allows for the family to be a focal point in the care delivery of the child. However, it is known that FCC is difficult to implement successfully. Barriers to FCC need investigation and may include conflict between staff's and parents' concepts of who holds primary responsibility, or ownership of the child. This paper presents the protocol for such a study.

Aims: The primary aim is to examine the concepts of ownership of the child held by parents of hospitalised children, and by health professionals who care for the children and their family; and to investigate how communication between parents and staff are coloured by these concepts. The secondary aim is to use the data to develop vignettes which can be used to elicit in- depth responses to this sensitive question.

Methods: The sample will consist of a total of twenty participants: eight parents, and four nurses, four allied health staff and four doctors who work in a paediatric ward. This qualitative study using data collected by interviews focuses on one question, "When a child is admitted to hospital, who owns him or her?" Thematic analysis will be used to find themes from which vignettes will be developed, in preparation for a larger study to be undertaken at a later date.

Conclusion: This protocol describes the study's background, significance, aims, methods and ethical considerations.

Item ID: 40678
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2051-6266
Related URLs:
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2016 01:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
Downloads: Total: 11
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page