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

Shields, Linda, Mamun, Abdulla A., Pereira, Sandra, 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: 155-160.

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Author Shields, Linda
Mamun, Abdulla A.
Pereira, Sandra
Nions, Pam
Chaney, Gervase
Title Measuring family centred care: working with children and their parents in a tertiary hospital
Journal name International Journal of Person Centered Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2043-7749
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 155
End page 160
Total pages 6
Place of publication University of Buckingham Press
Publisher Buckingham, MK18 1EG United Kingdom
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.


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.

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.


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 body  of qualitative research which highlights problems with this model. In addition, this study provides a way to measure FCC.
Keyword Children
Family-centered care
Tertiary hospital
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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