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Parent’s involvement in decisions when their child is admitted to hospital with suspected shunt malfunction: study protocol

Smith, J, Cheater, F, Chatwin, J and Bekker, H 2009, 'Parent’s involvement in decisions when their child is admitted to hospital with suspected shunt malfunction: study protocol' , Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65 (10) , pp. 2198-2207.

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    Abstract

    Title. Parent’s involvement in decisions when their child is admitted to hospital with suspected shunt malfunction: study protocol. Aim. This paper outlines the protocol for a study aimed at exploring parent’s involvement during professional–parent interactions and decisions about their child’s care in the context of suspected shunt malfunction. Background. Hydrocephalus is a long-term condition treated primarily by the insertion of a shunt that diverts fluid from the brain to another body compartment. Shunts frequently malfunction, and parents of children with shunted hydrocephalus are responsible for recognizing and responding to shunt complications. Parents feel that interactions with professionals when they seek healthcare advice for their child do always not encourage active participation in care decisions. Methods. The study design is based on qualitative methodologies: a combination of conversation analysis applied to consultation recordings of professional–parent interactions when a child is admitted to hospital with suspected shunt malfunction,and semi-structured follow-up interviews with the same participants within 2 weeks of the consultation. Participants. This is a prospective study and participants will be purposefully selected. Parents of children who have been admitted to hospital with suspected shunt malfunction and healthcare professionals responsible for the initial assessment of the child will be invited to participate. Discussion. The study will identify how decisions about a child’s care are negotiated between parents and healthcare professionals at key stages of the care pathway. In addition, examining interactions between healthcare professionals and parents may identify approaches that support or hinder parents in contributing to the decisionmaking processes when they seek advice from healthcare professionals.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Advanced Nursing
    Publisher: Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 03092402
    Depositing User: J Smith
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 14:53
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:14
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18374

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