Family-Centred Care, nurses’ vs. parents’ perceptions.

Stuart, Megan Jane (2013) Family-Centred Care, nurses’ vs. parents’ perceptions. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The aim of this research study was to explore and compare differences between nursing staff and parental perceptions of FCC delivery in paediatric, acute short stay admissions.


Family-Centred Care (FCC) has been described as the foundation of contemporary paediatric nursing. In addition statistics published illustrate a change within paediatric admissions within the UK; numbers of long-term admissions are decreasing, whilst the rates of short-term admissions are on the increase. Despite this change the review of the literature shows little recent evidence to explore the delivery of FCC within paediatric short-stay wards.


A mixed methods questionnaire was undertaken on a short-stay paediatric ward in the East Midlands, to compare nurses and parents perceptions. The questionnaires required participants to allocate care tasks a child would typically receive during hospitalisation.


Nurses demonstrated a conclusive definition of FCC; 24% of parents were able to define FCC also. In addition, all parents expected to participate in the care of their child. Both the nursing staff and parents held similar expectations as to the type of care task each should undertake; however discrepancies were noted in certain tasks by parents including measuring fluid balance and administration of oral medication.


This study has shown that little has changed within FCC delivery in the UK since last research was undertaken; parents are still expecting to participate in the care of their child in hospital. However more support needs to be given to empower parents to participate and negotiate care; services also need to be adapted to maximise the nursing staff’s potential to encourage FCC.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2013 14:58
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 14:28

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