Poster Discussion Abstracts
Aims & Objectives:
Education is continuously occurring in paediatric intensive care, both formally and informally. Patients and relatives are often involved in education, but there is little data on their opinions of this. This study explored parental experiences and perceptions of their children being involved in education.
Thirty parents whose children participated in an educational video project completed mixed qualitative and quantitative questionnaires about being involved in education. Seven parents also participated in video interviews, further discussing their experiences.
Parents were universally positive about their experiences, particularly about the potential for helping future patients. Parents felt that participating in education was a nice way of “giving a little something back” and “something for [their child] to be proud of when [they] are older”.
Their decision to participate was mainly influenced by the perceived positive effects of the resulting educational material and feeling that their child was “making a difference”. All parents reported that their child’s condition did not affect their decision. Parents appreciated being approached to participate “in a professional manner”, and being provided with information about the intended purpose of the educational material.
Although only 17% of parents reported that their children had previously been involved in education, all respondents said that they would allow their child to be involved again in future.
Parental experiences of education on PICU are overwhelmingly positive. The main factor affecting their decision is the perceived positive benefit for future patients, and despite their child’s critical condition, parents seem happy to be involved in education.
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