The development of trust in parents of hospitalized children.

Virginia L. Thompson, Judith E. Hupcey, Mary Beth Clark

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ISSUES AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the development of trust in parents of hospitalized children. METHODS: Using grounded theory, semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 parents of children previously hospitalized, focusing on parents' experiences during their child's hospitalization. Data were analyzed using a constant comparative process. Themes and the core variable were identified and a model of trust developed. RESULTS: The core variable related to the development of trust in healthcare providers was whether parents' expectations for care were met. Thematic areas that influenced whether expectations for care were met included preexisting trust; evaluation of care, including evaluation of technical skills and the meeting of parental and child needs; and behaviors of nurses and other healthcare providers that inhibited and fostered trust. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Strategies to enhance trust are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-147
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics


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