Perceptions of young people about decision making in the acute healthcare environment
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Perceptions of young people about decision making in the acute healthcare environment

Janet Kelsey , Academic lead Child Health
Nadine Abelson-Mitchell Principal lecturer
Heather Skirton Registered Genetic Counsellor, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth

Abstract Aim: This study explored young people’s perceptions of their involvement in healthcare decisions affecting their management of care.

Method: A phenomenological approach was used to allow in-depth examination of the young people’s personal accounts of their experiences. Data were obtained from 10 hospitalised young people between the ages of 12-16 years from both genders and from different medical and surgical specialities using focused interviews. Transcribing, reading and listening to the data enabled data analysis through reflection and analysis.

Findings: Three themes were identified: level of involvement in decision-making; psychological impact of involvement in decision making; and communication.

Conclusion: Professional practice in the care of young people should include effective communication, a policy of inclusion and active assessment of competence.

Nursing Children and Young People. 19, 6, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/paed.19.6.14.s25