Parents' and Health Professionals' Views of Collaboration in the Management of Childhood Long-term Conditions.

SMITH, Joanna and KENDAL, Sarah (2018). Parents' and Health Professionals' Views of Collaboration in the Management of Childhood Long-term Conditions. Journal of pediatric nursing, 43, 36-44.

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Purpose To explore how parents and health professionals view the concept and practice of collaboration in the management of childhood long-term conditions. Designs and Methods A qualitative research approach was adopted; sixteen parents and six health professionals participated in either individual or group interviews. Data analysis was underpinned by the Framework approach and involved an iterative process of reading the transcribed data, identifying and refining key themes until a coherent picture emerged. Results Two main concepts were identified: expectations of collaboration and mechanisms for collaboration. Health professionals' expectations of collaborative practice were influenced by their knowledge, experience and relative objectivity. They used relationship building with families as a key strategy for collaboration. Parents' expectations of collaboration varied and appeared to be influenced by their experience of living with their child's condition. Parents' needs were often unmet, particularly in relation to support with coordinating or accessing care on behalf of their child. Parents' strategies included resilience, assertiveness, determination and battling for what they needed. Conclusion Parents and professionals valued collaboration as a concept but differed in their expectations of collaborative practice and adopted different mechanisms to foster meaningful collaboration. A better understanding of the unique needs and experiences of parents of a child with a long-term condition is key to developing positive collaborative practice. Practice Implications Collaborative practice could be enhanced by health professionals' being more responsive to the full range of parent support needs, and being more pro-active about helping them work with the complexities of care systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Chronic Disease; Long-Term Care; Adaptation, Psychological; Attitude of Health Personnel; Professional-Family Relations; Qualitative Research; Adult; Child; Health Personnel; Patient-Centered Care; Patient Care Team; Quality of Health Care; Female; Male; Interviews as Topic; Childhood; Collaboration; Family-centered care; Long-term conditions; Adaptation, Psychological; Adult; Attitude of Health Personnel; Child; Chronic Disease; Female; Health Personnel; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Long-Term Care; Male; Patient Care Team; Patient-Centered Care; Professional-Family Relations; Qualitative Research; Quality of Health Care; 1110 Nursing; 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine; Nursing; 3213 Paediatrics; 4205 Nursing
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Page Range: 36-44
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 15:38
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2023 15:45

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