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Family-Centred Care in Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing- A Literature Review

L.K. Irlam, J.C. Bruce
Curationis | Vol 25, No 3 | a781 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v25i3.781 | © 2002 L.K. Irlam, J.C. Bruce | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2002 | Published: 27 September 2002

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L.K. Irlam, Department of Nursing Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
J.C. Bruce, Department of Nursing Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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A literature review of family-centred care in paediatric and neonatal nursing was undertaken as part of a research project. This research intended to ascertain the knowledge and attitudes of paediatric and neonatal qualified nurses and nurse educators towards family-centred care as it pertains to infants and children in hospitals in the Gauteng Province. A definition of family-centred care is difficult to formulate mainly due to the lack of consensus about its meaning. Additionally, the diverse societal contexts within which family-centred care is applied further complicate its definition. Internationally in developed countries, family-centred care is viewed as care, which is parent-led in consultation with the nurse practitioner. A family-centred care model for the South African context needs to be developed with the focus on parent participation, a precursor of family-centred care. This article traces the early developments in parental care for hospitalised children with specific reference to the USA, the UK and South Africa. Precursor concepts in family-centred care are described followed by a cursory overview of the reality of family-centred care, its cultural dimensions and matters of family strengths and choices in family-centred care.


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