Parental participation in the care of hospitalized children

Inger Hallström, G Elander

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The purpose of this study was to investigate those parts of the care of hospitalized children that their parents perform, the nursing tasks the parents themselves felt they could manage and whether parents' and staff members' opinions coincided. A questionnaire was given to parents of children between one week and five years of age who were hospitalized at a pediatric surgical department during a 6-week period (n = 40), a similar questionnaire being distributed to all the staff (n = 44). The results indicate that parents stay with their children during hospitalization and that they take responsibility for their children's basic care and needs. Parents and staff members believed that parents might be able to take on a greater share of caring activities if they were given instruction and support, though there was disagreement as to which nursing tasks are appropriate for parents to take on.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-154
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Nursing


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