Abstracts of the 7th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care
Background and aims: The admission of a child to a PICU has important impacts on the familial health. The use of family centered-care gives a efficient support to the families. Parent satisfaction is a fundamental quality performance indicator, but only a few valid instruments are available.
Aims: This descriptive study aimed to translate the EMPATHIC-65© questionnaire and test the psychometric equivalence of the French version. A secondary aim was to assess the parental satisfaction with care provided to their child in PICU.
Methods: Following ethics approval and standardised translation, the French version of the EMPATHIC-65© questionnaire was distributed to parents (n=65) whose child stayed in PICU for more than 24 hours. Parental satisfaction was assessed with the EMPATHIC-65© that includes 5 domains and 65 items ranked on a 6-point Likert scale.
Results: Sixty five completed questionnaires were returned (62.5% response rate). Internal consistency of each domain ranged between 0.54 and 0.78 and convergent validity between 0.31 and 0.62. The overall mean scores for each domain was between 5.15 (SD=0.79) and 5.71 (SD=0.57). Topics of information related to medications, discharge process of the child, patients’ referrals and parental participation reached the lowest scores. Cultural background and type of hospitalisation influence the level of satisfaction of the families regarding to parental participation.
Conclusions: The psychometric results of the French EMPATHIC-65© questionnaire were equivalent to the original version. The introduction of a shorter version, such as EMPATHIC-30©, after its comparison with the EMPATHIC-65© would permit easier continuous quality improvement initiatives.