Hospitalization can be stressful for patients and their families. Pre-hospitalization information is crucial in establishing a good basis for patient satisfaction. In order to develop better preparatory material for parents, this qualitative study explored whether parents of children with cystic fibrosis, admitted to a UK Children's Hospital, felt adequately prepared for their child's admission.Design and Methods
Data were collected from twelve parents whose children had been admitted within the last two years for routine intravenous antibiotics. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis.Results
Four themes emerged from the analysis: (1) preparing for admission, (2) the ward as a challenging environment, (3) changes in the parent-professional relationship and (4) the parental role in medical care.Conclusion
Provision of adequate preparatory information is essential in reducing parental stress, influencing how future experiences are appraised and managed. Effective parent-professional communication and opportunities to participate in care are likely to improve parental satisfaction.Practice Implications
Preparatory information prior to hospital admission greatly assists parents in making informed decisions and working as joint advocates in their child's inpatient care.