The importance of family support in pediatrics and its impact on healthcare satisfaction

Anna Olafia Sigurdardottir, Ann W. Garwick, Erla Kolbrun Svavarsdottir

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Aims: To evaluate predictors of healthcare satisfaction for parents whose children received hospital-based healthcare services at the Children's hospital at Landspitali University Hospital. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, data on perceived family support, family quality of life, expressive family functioning, coping strategies and healthcare satisfaction were collected from 159 mothers and 60 fathers (N = 177 families) of children and adolescents from 2011 to 2012. Results: Logistic regression analysis revealed that, for mothers, 38.8% of the variance in satisfaction with healthcare services was predicted by perceived family support and their coping strategies, while for fathers, 59.9% of the variance of their satisfaction with healthcare service was predicted by perceived family support, family quality of life and whether the child had been hospitalised before. Discussion: Perceived family support was the one factor that was found to predict both the mothers' and the fathers' satisfaction with healthcare services. Knowing which factors predict satisfaction with health care among parents of hospitalised children with different chronic illnesses and health issues can inform the delivery of effective family-focused interventions and evidence-based practice to families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-252
Number of pages12
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017

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  • coping strategies
  • expressive family functioning
  • family quality of life
  • family systems nursing
  • healthcare satisfaction
  • hospitalised children and adolescents
  • parents
  • perceived family support


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