Family-centered care is designated as one of the core principles of best practice when providing health care for children with special health care needs. The purpose of this quantitative quasi-experimental study was to evaluate pediatric health care providers' perception of providing family-centered care with the utilization of a portable health care notebook by patients and their families. Data was collected before and after implementation of the portable health care notebook by the families of children with special health care needs. Margaret Newman's theory of health as expanding consciousness was the framework upon which this study was based. Results of this study will help determine if a portable health care notebook supports pediatric health care providers' efforts in delivering family-centered care. The conclusions drawn from the study will influence the views and future selection of resources required to provide family-centered care to children with special health care needs.
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
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