Present address: School of Nursing Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Queensland, Australia.
Parents' perceptions and needs of children's hospital discharge information
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2009
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 341–347, August 2009
How to Cite
Keatinge, D., Stevenson, K. and Fitzgerald, M. (2009), Parents' perceptions and needs of children's hospital discharge information. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 15: 341–347. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01765.x
At the time of the study Mary FitzGerald was Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle & Central Coast Health.
Mary FitzGerald's current position is: Professor of Nursing Practice Development, Royal Hobart Hospital, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Tasmania.
- Issue published online: 17 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2009
- Accepted for publication November 2007
- descriptive qualitative research;
- paediatric discharge;
- parent needs
Two linked descriptive qualitative studies, conducted 12 months apart aimed to identify parents' perceptions of discharge information relating to a recent admission of their child to hospital. Study one participants included parents (n = 7) who telephoned a paediatric telephone triage service seeking information about their child's postdischarge care. Study 2 included parents (n = 12) of children admitted to a regional hospital's general paediatric ward. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews conducted with parents following their child's discharge from hospital. These data were analysed using qualitative content analysis separately. The studies were linked in so far as the results from study one informed the modification of the design of study two and its interview protocol. Both studies revealed verbal as well as written information is helpful to parents, plain language usage is important, messages from the health-care team are sometimes inconsistent, and parents need information specific to their particular circumstances.