Forming Clinician-Parent Therapeutic Alliance for Children With Severe Neurologic Impairment

Title

Forming Clinician-Parent Therapeutic Alliance for Children With Severe Neurologic Impairment

Creator

Bogetz JF; Trowbridge A; Lewis H; Jonas D; Hauer J; Rosenberg AR

Publisher

Hospital Pediatrics

Date

2022

Subject

Clinician; Collaboration; Parents; Pediatric; Severe neurologic impairment

Description

OBJECTIVES: Care for children with severe neurologic impairment (SNI) often involves complex medical decision-making where therapeutic alliance between clinicians and families is essential. Yet, existing data suggest that communication and alliance are often lacking. This study aimed to examine aspects important to developing therapeutic alliance between clinicians and parents of children with SNI. METHOD(S): A purposive sample of expert clinicians and parents of children with SNI completed brief demographic surveys and 1:1 semistructured interviews between July 2019 and August 2020 at a single tertiary pediatric academic center. Interviews focused on the inpatient experience and transcriptions underwent thematic analysis by a study team of qualitative researchers with expertise in palliative care and communication science. RESULT(S): Twenty-five parents and 25 clinicians participated (total n = 50). Many parents were mothers (n = 17, 68%) of school-aged children with congenital/chromosomal conditions (n = 15, 65%). Clinicians represented 8 professions and 15 specialties. Responses from participants suggested 3 major themes that build and sustain therapeutic alliance including: (1) foundational factors that must exist to establish rapport; (2) structural factors that provide awareness of the parent/child experience; and (3) weathering factors that comprise the protection, security, and additional support during hard or uncertain times. Participants also shared concrete actions that promote these factors in clinical practice. CONCLUSION(S): Therapeutic alliance between clinicians and parents of children with SNI consists of at least 3 factors that support communication and medical decision-making. These factors are facilitated by concrete actions and practices, which enhance communication about the care for children with SNI. Copyright © 2022 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Citation

Bogetz JF; Trowbridge A; Lewis H; Jonas D; Hauer J; Rosenberg AR, “Forming Clinician-Parent Therapeutic Alliance for Children With Severe Neurologic Impairment,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 18, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18021.

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