An examination of the needs of parents of hospitalized children: comparing parents' and staff's perceptions

Shields, L., Kristensson-Hallstrom, I. and O'Callaghan, M. (2003) An examination of the needs of parents of hospitalized children: comparing parents' and staff's perceptions. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 17 2: 176-184. doi:10.1046/j.1471-6712.2003.00215.x


Author Shields, L.
Kristensson-Hallstrom, I.
O'Callaghan, M.
Title An examination of the needs of parents of hospitalized children: comparing parents' and staff's perceptions
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0283-9318
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1046/j.1471-6712.2003.00215.x
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 176
End page 184
Total pages 9
Editor Agnes Bjorn
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321019 Paediatrics
730204 Child health
Abstract The needs of parents of hospitalized children have received some attention in the health literature, but few studies have compared parents' perceptions of needs with staff's ideas about parents' needs. The aim of this Study was to examine differences between the perceptions of the needs of parents of hospitalized children held by staff - nurses, doctors and allied health staff, and parents in a 150-bed paediatric hospital in Sweden. The convenience sample comprised 132 staff - nurses, doctors and allied health stall and 115 parents of children admitted to all the wards except intensive care. Kristjansdottir's needs of parents of hospitalized children questionnaire (NPQ) was the instrument of choice and was modified slightly for use with staff. Results indicated significant differences in perceptions of the importance of different needs of parents, of how well they were being met in the hospital arid how much help the parents needed to have them filled. Differences between parents' and staff's perceptions of the importance of parental needs were found in areas relating to psychosocial needs, but in general, in that hospital, the needs were being adequately met. The main differences between staff's and parents' results were in the degree of independence shown by parents in requiring hell) to have their needs met. This demonstrates either that parents are much more independent than appraised by staff, or, that parents are sometimes unaware of the level of assistance available.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Hospitalized Child
Parents
Needs
Satisfaction
Staff
Self-care
Orems
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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