Evaluating the feasibility of a parent-briefing intervention in a pediatric acute care setting

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The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of a parent-briefing intervention for parents of hospitalized children with complex healthcare needs.

Design and Methods.

A phase I, single-group, posttest study. There were 18 physicians, 25 nurses, and 31 parents who participated in the study. Participants were asked to sit while carrying out the briefings with parents. Parents and clinicians completed a feasibility questionnaire post briefings.


Sixty-eight briefings were carried out. Parents and nurses evaluated the briefings in a favorable manner, whereas physicians' ratings were mixed.

Practice Implications.

Further inquiry is recommended to understand the effects of a structured communication intervention on parent–professional decision-making practices.

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