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

Anna Olafia Sigurdardottir, Ann E Garwick, Erla Kolbrun Svavarsdottir

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Abstract

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
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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Pediatrics
Delivery of Health Care
Fathers
Mothers
Parents
Quality of Life
Hospitalized Child
Evidence-Based Practice
Chronic Disease
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Health

Keywords

  • 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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The importance of family support in pediatrics and its impact on healthcare satisfaction. / Sigurdardottir, Anna Olafia; Garwick, Ann E; Svavarsdottir, Erla Kolbrun.

In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, Vol. 31, No. 2, 01.06.2017, p. 241-252.

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Sigurdardottir, Anna Olafia ; Garwick, Ann E ; Svavarsdottir, Erla Kolbrun. / The importance of family support in pediatrics and its impact on healthcare satisfaction. In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 2. pp. 241-252.
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