I just wanted to take the opportunity to say a HUGE thank you, to all of you who answered my survey and those who passed it on as well. All the answers have been very beneficial for my psychology essay,
“How can findings from research on the effect of hospitalisation on children be used to minimise impact of medical intervention on the family as a whole”
I also hope that the things I have learnt from the survey, and from all of you, will help me in my university application to do paediatric nursing, and even in my training. I thought you might like to know some of the basic stats that came out of the questionnaire, and some of the key things you guys taught me.
75 people took the survey
40.5% of participants had children with a chronic/long term illness/condition
17/75 participants specified that their child suffered from a heart condition, this was the most represented condition.
78.7% were provided with bedside sleeping facilities.
Food was supplied for breastfeeding mother, but not necessarily for other parents.
81.3% reported that the medical staff had been either supportive or very supportive compared to 76% reporting the same of the nursing staff.
There were many reports of poor communication between community care and hospital staff.
I’ve learnt a vast number of things from the detailed comments left at the end of the survey
‘good community support can ‘improve quality of life no end’.
‘When a child is admitted to hospital, it is not just the child that is affected, but their whole family, and it should be regarded as such. You aren’t just treating a child, you’re treating a family.’
‘It’s important to remember that although medical staff may see all sorts of things on a day to day basis: for a family, ‘routine’ procedures are generally anything but, and a sick child can be a shock to any parents system.’
Finally, I learnt that communication between staff and parents is incredibly important. One participant said of parents:
“Speak to them; tell them what’s going on. Even if you don’t know, speak to them. Don’t isolate them”
I want to keep all the those things with me, but particularly the last point, the need for communication was the theme of all your answers and something I will always endeavour to remember.
You are all absolutely EPIC for doing this for me, and I am beyond appreciative. If you could pass on my thanks to anyone who filled out the questionnaire, but may not get to read this, I’d be very grateful.
Love, Bernard x
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