Aboriginal Parents involvement in Child hospitalization

Aboriginal Parents involvement in Child hospitalization
Involving parents into the child care process during hospitalization and developing a family-centered care environment is one of the key problems of pediatrics today, since this allows making healthcare more efficient. There are certain research articles on this issue; however, it is necessary to mention that the number of articles and interest to parental involvement is growing, and there are more sources concerning this problem currently compared to the 1980s and 1990s.
The studies conducted in 1996 by Keatinge and Gilmore related to developing partnership between parents and nurses. The study examined 33 nurses and 74 parents in New South Wales pediatric unit, and showed that attitude of nurses towards shared care was mostly positive, and there were 50% fewer parents who had experienced share care were very anxious at time their children were discharged than parents whose children were hospitalized prior to the introduction of shared care (Keatinge & Gilmore, 1996). Rowe (1996) found that lack of negotiation was partly observed between parents and nurses: parents tended to fell themselves as more important and involved ones, while in reality more technical tasks were performed by nurses and basic mothering functions were left to parents.

Recent studies have shown that the top priority of parents was to take care of their child and to achieve recognition among hospital staff (Roden, 2005). Nurses showed a tendency for overburdening the parents with tasks, while parents indicated that the most important factor for successful shared care was communication. Similar results were obtained in recent study conducted by Shields, Young and Damhnat (2008). Moreover, Power and Franck (2008) have found out that parents’ role in shared care has extended: from basic mothering to monitoring and coordination; the intervention study has indicated that evidence of effective collaboration between parents and nurses. However, despite generally positive attitude towards shared care, the barriers were found in certain areas of health care concerning perception of parental assistance.

Generally, positive tendencies in collaboration of medical staff and parents can be witnessed as well as the extension of role of parents in child care during hospitalization. Greater efficiency of health care and decrease of parental anxiety can be traced; however, the lack of communication and the lack of positive attitude among certain groups of medical professionals inhibit this process.


Keatinge, D. & Gilmore, V. (1996). Shared care: a partnership between parents and nurses. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 14(1), 28-36.
Power, N. & Franck, L. (2008). Parent participation in the care of hospitalized children: a systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62 (6), 622-641
Roden J. (2005) The involvement of parents and nurses in the care of acutely-ill children in a non-specialist paediatric setting. Journal of Child Health Care 9, 222–240.
Rowe J. (1996) Making oneself at home? Examining the nurse–parent relationship. Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession 5, 101–106
Shields, L. & Young, J. & Damhnat, M. (March 12, 2008). The needs of parents of hospitalized children in Australia Journal of Child Health Care, 60-75.

Aboriginal Parents involvement in Child hospitalization 9.9 of 10 on the basis of 4133 Review.