Information exchange in paediatric settings: an observational study
2007 (English)In: Paediatric nursing, ISSN 0962-9513, Vol. 19, no 7, 40-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
AIM: The aim of this observational study was to identify, describe and generate concepts regarding the exchange of information between children/young people and healthcare professionals in paediatric outpatient settings.
METHOD: The grounded theory methodology was used. Field notes from observations and excerpts from medical records were analysed using constant comparative analysis. Twenty eight children and young people were observed in three separate paediatric outpatient units; 76 observations were conducted of interactions between children/young people, parents and staff (paediatric nurses, paediatric enrolled nurses and paediatricians).
FINDINGS: 'Balancing the circumstances' was identified as the core category during information exchange, based on six categories: taking part, trust, being in touch, mutuality, getting facts and family influence. The six categories relate to one another and balance the circumstances in the information exchange to varying degrees. These children and young people seemed to be trying to enhance their situation as much as possible by finding out as much as they were able to, sharing their own knowledge with the staff and participating in social interaction with them.
CONCLUSION: With this understanding of information exchange, nurses can enable and support children and young people to balance their circumstances and improve information exchanges, thereby promoting their partnership in care.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 19, no 7, 40-43 p.
Children: Hospitalised, Communication, Interpersonal relations
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18000PubMedID: 17926774OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18000DiVA: diva2:213962