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Stålberg, A., Söderbäck, M., Sandberg, A. & Larsson, T. B. (2016). The child’s perspective as the guiding principle: young children as co-designers of an application used for enabling participation in healthcare situations. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Nursing Research Conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The child’s perspective as the guiding principle: young children as co-designers of an application used for enabling participation in healthcare situations
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: To facilitate child´s rights in healthcare situations, professionals need to be aware of, and use, their child perspective and the child´s perspective in the situation. A child´s rights approach requires that the caring culture and ways of working are adapted to the interactive communication tool, based on children´s perceptions of being in healthcare situations, prerequisites of children.

Aim: To develop an interactive communication tool, based on children´s perceptions of being in healthcare situations, meant to facilitate children´s participation and understanding in these specific situations.

Method: Children, 3-5 years, in a preschool, a primary health care clinic and a pediatric outpatient unit at a hospital were encountered in interviews which focused the children´s perceptions of being in healthcare situations. Non-verbal perceptions were elicited through drawings. These perceptions were used in the development of the communication tool. In iterative phases the children, as co-designers, tested and evaluated evolving prototypes of the tool. Their feedback were analyzed and used in the ongoing development and improvement of the prototype.

Result: an iterative, co-designing process of the interactive communication tool transformed children´s verbal and non-verbal perceptions of being in a healthcare situation into an age appropriate and likeable application regarding content, usability and graphic design.

Conclusion: an interactive communication tool involving visual guidance of healthcare situations facilitates younger children to elicit their perspective in these situations. Children´s participation in healthcare situations is enabled by professionals who use the child´s perspective, expressed with help of the communication tool, combined with their verbal guidance.

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Nursing
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urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31628 (URN)
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Nordic Nursing Research Conference
Available from: 2016-05-24 Created: 2016-05-24 Last updated: 2018-02-23Bibliographically approved
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