Eliciting Parental Views Regarding Early Discharge to Home Care for Premature Infants

This source preferred by Luisa Cescutti-Butler

Authors: Cescutti-Butler, L.

Journal: Infant

Volume: 5

Pages: 23-37

ISSN: 1745-1205

Preterm infants are preverbal and cannot suggest improvements in healthcare provision and must rely on parents to be their ‘voice’. This article describes how seeking parents’ views in a local unit in the South West England led to changes in service provision.

Cescutti-Butler L. Eliciting parental views regarding early discharge to home care for premature infants Infant 2009; 5(1): 23-27.

1. Patients/users should be involved with improvements in healthcare services.

2. Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) forums facilitate user involvement.

3. A collaborative practice development project was commenced as a result of canvassing parental views.

4. Local parents positively support an early discharge to home care.

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