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Child-centred Care: Health Professionals' Perceptions of What Aspects are Meaningful When Using Interactive Technology as a Facilitator in Healthcare Situations
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5254-6983
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9475-2497
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6163-9690
2018 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families, ISSN 0882-5963, E-ISSN 1532-8449, p. E10-E17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: A prerequisite for child-centred care is children's participation, which in paediatrics can partly be enhanced by using interactive technology solutions, for instance tablet or smartphone-based applications. These applications, however, mainly target older children. In a research project, a tablet-based application, i.e. a communication tool, was developed, meant to facilitate young children's participation in healthcare situations. This study explored health professionals' perceptions of what aspects are meaningful when jointly using such an application in healthcare situations. 

Design/Methods: Using the critical incident technique, 18 qualitative, semi-structured interviews focusing on critical incidents were performed with four health professionals who had used the interactive communication tool together with children in various healthcare situations. The data were analysed according to inductive content analysis. 

Results: Results showed that the health professionals described the use of the tool as meaningful because it provided information that helped the children increase their participation, modify their understanding of the situations, and reduce their fear. The tool was also perceived to contribute to a common language between the children and the professionals, which improved their overall communication. 

Conclusion: The introduction of an interactive communication tool in healthcare situations seemed to be beneficial for both the children and the health professionals.

Practice Implications: An interactive communication tool, facilitating both verbal and non-verbal communication, can reinforce children's participation in healthcare situations and contribute to positive outcomes in the childprofessional relationship, as well as in the situation itself. 

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2018. p. E10-E17
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41516DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.07.006ISI: 000450921100004PubMedID: 30056996Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050395270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-41516DiVA, id: diva2:1268733
Available from: 2018-12-06 Created: 2018-12-06 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved

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