Health professionals’ involvement of parents in decision-making in interprofessional practice at the hospital
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionAarthun, A., Øymar, K.A., Akerjordet, K. (2019) Health professionals’ involvement of parents in decision-making in interprofessional practice at the hospital. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 10.1080/13561820.2019.1632816
Health professionals have the responsibility of involving parents in decision-making regarding children’s healthcare. This is to ensure that healthcare is customised to meet children’s and families’ needs and preferences. There is inadequate knowledge about health professionals’ role in involving parents in these decisions in interprofessional practice in hospital settings. The aim of this study was to explore health professionals’ construction of the phenomenon of parental involvement in decision-making about children’s healthcare at the hospital and to identify how parental involvement can be improved. This explorative, descriptive qualitative study within a constructivist research paradigm selected a purposive sample of 12 health professionals who participated in individual semi-structured interviews. This qualitative data was used to construct a description of this phenomenon. The health professionals described ethical dilemmas and challenges related to parental involvement in decision-making while also providing technically safe, justifiable healthcare. Individual health professionals’ involvement of parents in decision-making and the intra- and interprofessional collaboration between health professionals seemed to be of great importance to increase parents’ active involvement in the co-production of children’s healthcare. Further research is required to confirm the findings for generalisation.