Partnership Model in Ambulatory Pediatric Care

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Jocelyne Tourigny, PhD, RN
School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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

Purpose: In general nursing literature, the concept of partnership between the nurse and the client implies elements of power, choice and active client’s participation in his care. Nevertheless, this concept has been rarely studied in the context of ambulatory pediatric care. The purpose of this presentation is to describe a partnership model in ambulatory pediatric care.

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.