Learning Objective 1: identify factors that can influence a collaborative partnership in pediatric care
Learning Objective 2: apply the proposed model in their practice with families
Methods: Previous descriptive research done by the author showed that parents and health professionals are in favor of parents’ participation in the child's health care; nevertheless, they say that they need more information on how to initiate a real partnership between them. (Tourigny, 2005, 2008).
Results: .Based on these results and on Shields’ (2007) and Gottlieb and Feeley’s (2005) writings, a partnership model was drafted, in which families and professionals can use their communication skills and a negotiation process, supported by education sessions and modifications of the environment, in order to establish a real collaborative partnership
Conclusion: The proposed model need to be evaluated in the pediatric practice, in terms of expected outcomes, like the child’s health, the family’s quality of life, the utilization of health services.