Developing a tool to support communication of parental concerns when a child is in hospital


The involvement of parents in their child’s hospital care has been strongly advocated in paediatric healthcare policy and practice. However, incorporating parental worries about their child’s condition into clinical care can be difficult for both parents and healthcare professionals. Through our “Listening To You” quality improvement project we developed and piloted an innovative approach to listening, incorporating and responding to parental concerns regarding their child’s condition when in hospital. Here we describe the phases of work undertaken to develop our “Listening To You” communications bundle, including a survey, literature review and consultation with parents and staff, before findings from the project evaluation are presented and discussed.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: Funding Information: Acknowledgments: This project was funded by the Health Foundation as part of its SHINE funding stream. Gemma Heath and Carole Cummins were funded by the 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. This paper presents independent research partly funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication,Paediatrics,Parents,Patient safety,Quality improvement,Health Informatics,Health Policy,Health Information Management,Leadership and Management
Publication ISSN: 2227-9032
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-01-13
Accepted Date: 2016-01-04
Submitted Date: 2015-10-30
Authors: Heath, Gemma (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1569-5576)
Montgomery, Hermione
Eyre, Caron
Cummins, Carole
Pattison, Helen (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9483-4342)
Shaw, Rachel (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)



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