Developing a tool to support communication of parental concerns when a child is in hospital

Gemma Heath, Hermione Montgomery, Caron Eyre, Carole Cummins, Helen Pattison, Rachel Shaw

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The involvement of parents in their child’s hospital care has been strongly advocated in paediatric healthcare policy and practice. However, incorporating parental worries about their child’s condition into clinical care can be difficult for both parents and healthcare professionals. Through our “Listening To You” quality improvement project we developed and piloted an innovative approach to listening, incorporating and responding to parental concerns regarding their child’s condition when in hospital. Here we describe the phases of work undertaken to develop our “Listening To You” communications bundle, including a survey, literature review and consultation with parents and staff, before findings from the project evaluation are presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2016

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: This project was funded by the Health Foundation as part of its SHINE funding stream. Gemma Heath and Carole Cummins were funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Birmingham and Black Country (CLAHRC-BBC) programme. This paper presents independent research partly funded by the National Institute for Health Research.


  • Communication
  • Paediatrics
  • Parents
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement


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