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Keywords:

  • cerebral palsy;
  • family-centred service;
  • paediatric;
  • rehabilitation;
  • validate

Abstract

Background

Family-centred service (FCS) is widely accepted now as best practice in paediatric rehabilitation. The Measure of Processes of Care-20 items set (MPOC-20) is a valid and reliable self-report measure of parents' perceptions of the extent to which health services are family-centred. Arabic-translated and validated version of the MPOC-20 (AR-MPOC-20) is used to examine Jordanian families' perception of service providers' caregiving behaviours as they receive rehabilitation services for their children with cerebral palsy (CP).

Methods

Parents of 114 children with CP who are receiving services at different settings in Jordan were interviewed using the AR-MPOC-20. Participating children aged 4.1 ± 4.4 years, 53.5% were males. Children varied across gross motor functional classification system (GMFCS). Parents were mostly mothers (76.3%), with at least high school education (71.9%).

Results

Factor analyses of the AR-MPOC-20 yielded a five-factor solution with items loaded differently from the original measure. All items correlated best and significantly with their own Arabic scale score (rs: 0.91–0.26, P < 0.01). Internal consistency values of AR-MPOC-20 scales were acceptable (Cronbach's α: 0.69–0.82). Scale ‘Providing Written Information’ has the lowest average score (1.9 ± 1.6), while scale ‘Respectful & Coordinated Care’ has the highest average score (5.2 ± 1.5).

Conclusion

The AR-MPOC-20 is found to be a valid and reliable measure for use with Arabic-Jordanian families of children with CP. FCS is not yet well implemented in Jordan, with parents reporting more need for information about their children's health and available services. Service providers are encouraged to apply FCS in paediatric rehabilitation, and giving more attention to effective communication and information exchange with families. AR-MPOC-20 is recommended for use for program evaluation.