Families' Priorities In Life-limiting Illness: Improving Quality With Online Empowerment

Title

Families' Priorities In Life-limiting Illness: Improving Quality With Online Empowerment

Creator

Harris N; Beringer A; Fletcher M

Identifier

doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308769

Publisher

Archives Of Disease In Childhood

Date

2016

Subject

Adolescent; Child; Child Preschool; Disabled Children/psychology; Family; Female; Hospice; Humans; Infant; Internet; Longitudinal Studies; Male; Palliative Care; Parents/psychology; Power (psychology); Quality Of Life/psychology; Social Support; Surveys And Questionnaires; United Kingdom; Young Adult
Child; Hospice; Outcome; Parents; Quality Of Life

Description

OBJECTIVE:
Improving quality of life (QOL) is the central focus of palliative care support for children with life-limiting illness (LLI), but achieving this can be challenging.
INTERVENTION:
MyQuality is an online tool that enables families to choose and monitor parameters they identify as having an impact on their QOL, which aims to improve patient-professional communications and also to enhance patient empowerment within healthcare dialogues.
DESIGN:
A longitudinal, multisite mixed-method evaluation of MyQuality. Families were invited to use MyQuality and completed semi-structured interviews and a Family Empowerment Scale (FES) at T=0 and T+3 months.
PATIENTS AND SETTING:
Thirty-two families of children with LLIs, attending three children's hospices in one UK region.
OUTCOME MEASURES:
Website access, usage patterns and parameter choice, FES scores and qualitative evaluation of interviews.
RESULTS:
23/32 families chose to use the website. Mean duration of use was 106 days (range 2-301), with families choosing two or three parameters (range 1-15), most commonly seizures (24/32), constipation (9/32), pain (6/32) and sleep problems (6/32). Mean FES scores increased over time (3.45-3.85). Interview feedback confirmed the acceptability and ease of use of the website, and the value of a graphic record of change over time to support ongoing management and collaborative review of medical, nursing or social interventions.
CONCLUSIONS:
The identification and monitoring of patient-generated priorities via the MyQuality website empowers families and supports collaboration between parents and professionals to ensure that palliative care is truly patient and family centred.
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Citation

Harris N; Beringer A; Fletcher M, “Families' Priorities In Life-limiting Illness: Improving Quality With Online Empowerment,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 28, 2023, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10517.

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