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The Needs of Parents of Hospitalized Children In Australia


Shields, L and Young, J and McCann, DE, The Needs of Parents of Hospitalized Children In Australia, Journal of Child Health Care, 12, (1) pp. 60-75. ISSN 1367-4935 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1367493507085619


The aim of this study was to compare the perceptions of needs held by parents of hospitalized children with those held by the staff caring for them. Family-centred care is a central tenet of paediatrics and should encompass all aspects of the child and family's experience of hospitalization. Important to this are the needs of parents when their children are hospitalized. A widely used and validated tool was used with a convenience sample in paediatric facilities in a children's hospital in Australia. Some differences were found between parents and staff for scores for perceived importance of the 51 needs included in the questionnaire, and whether or not they were being met satisfactorily during children's hospital admission, although there were no consistent patterns. Parents declared themselves more independent than the staff perceived them to be. These findings facilitate improvements in communication between parents and staff and can be included in education programmes for both. © 2008 SAGE Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Paediatrics
Research Field:Paediatrics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:McCann, DE (Ms Damhnat McCann)
ID Code:55307
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2009-03-08
Last Modified:2009-05-04

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