HCTW news: Children seek involvement in their own healthcare

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 24, 2008

Pediatric patients with chronic diseases want to play a decision-making role in their own care, new research shows.

The study, conducted by the Mount Royal College School of Nursing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, involved eight children who had either hemophilia or another chronic disease. Researchers found that children feel marginalized by their healthcare management teams and want to be involved in decisions concerning their care.

Additionally, children in the study said they want to have the knowledge and tools necessary to be able to care for themselves once they reach adulthood. The children also expressed an interest in communicating better with their caregivers, saying better communication is needed between children and adults.

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