The meaning of ‘place’ in families’ lived experiences of paediatric outpatient care in different settings:a descriptive phenomenological study

Heath, Gemma, Greenfield, Sheila and Redwood, Sabi (2015). The meaning of ‘place’ in families’ lived experiences of paediatric outpatient care in different settings:a descriptive phenomenological study. Health and Place, 31 , pp. 46-53.

Abstract

Health service reforms in the United Kingdom have sought to ensure that children and young people who are ill receive timely, high quality and effective care as close to home as possible. Using phenomenological methods, this study examined the experience and impact of introducing new, community-based paediatric outpatient clinics from the perspective of NHS service-users. Findings reveal that paediatric outpatient ‘care closer to home’ is experienced in ways that go beyond concerns about location and proximity. For families it means care that ‘fits into their lives’ spatially, temporally and emotionally; facilitating a sense of ‘at-homeness’ within the self and within the place, through the creation of a warm and welcoming environment, and by providing timely consultations which attend to aspects of the families’ lifeworld.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.10.014
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Additional Information: © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ Funding: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Birmingham and Black Country (CLAHRC-BBC) programme.
Uncontrolled Keywords: paediatric,patient experience,space place,phenomenology,qualitative research
Published Date: 2015-01
Authors: Heath, Gemma ( 0000-0002-1569-5576)
Greenfield, Sheila
Redwood, Sabi

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