From substantive theory towards a family nursing scale
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From substantive theory towards a family nursing scale

Hanna Maijala Post doctoral researcher, Department of Nursing Science, University of Tampere, Finland, HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna, Finland
Päivi Åstedt-Kurki Professor, and department head, Department of Nursing Science, University of Tampere/Tampere University Hospital, Research Unit, Tampere, Finland

This paper describes how Hanna Maijala and Päivi Åstedt-Kurki developed a means of assessing interaction between staff and families of sick children while researching the provision of interactive nursing for families of children who required acute hospital care

This paper describes the process of developing and testing a family nursing scale called Family Care during Child’s Illness (FCCI). The scale is based on Maijala’s (2004) substantive interaction theory. The empirical focus is on the provision of interactive nursing care for families of children aged one to three who require acute hospital care primarily for somatic reasons. The scale is intended for the purpose of measuring caregivers’ assessments of care provision in families where the child is potentially in a very serious and precarious situation and where there is much uncertainty (Meiers and Tomlinson 2003, Gedaly-Duff et al 2005). Typically, the need for acute hospital care is due to an accident, the onset of diabetes, cancer or an infectious disease.

Nurse Researcher. 16, 3, 29-44. doi: 10.7748/nr2009.

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