Toward developing consensus on family-centred care: an international descriptive study and discussion

L. Shields, M. Al-Motlag, Bernie Carter, S. Neill, I. Hallstrom, M. Foster, I. Coyne, D. Arabiat, P. Darbyshire, V. Feeg

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    Nurses around the world have described family-centred care in various ways. With limited evidence regarding its implementation and with dissent among professionals regarding outcomes that are amorphously defined across age groups, systems and global settings, a group of children’s nursing experts from around the world collaborated to seek clarification of the terms, deconstruct the elements in the model and describe empirically a consensus of values toward operationally defining family-centred care. A modified Delphi method was used drawing on expert opinions of participants from eight countries to develop a contemporary and internationally agreed list of 27 statements (descriptors of FCC) that could form the foundation for a measure for future empirical psychometric study of family-centred care across settings and countries. Results indicated that even among FCC experts, understandings of FCC differ and that this may account for some of the confusion and conceptual disagreement. Recommendations were identified to underpin the development of a clearer vision of FCC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    JournalJournal of Child Health Care
    Early online date27 Aug 2018
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Aug 2018


    • Family Centred Care
    • Delphi Technique
    • Culture and Cultural Issues
    • 2Evidence-Based Practice


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