Evaluating and improving the practice of family-centered care

Pediatr Nurs. Jul-Aug 1999;25(4):445-9.


Evaluating and improving the practice of family-centered care involves planning the evaluation effort collaboratively with families, gathering information from a variety of audiences, investigating the different arenas of family-centered care, following growth in family-centered practice over time, using a variety of evaluation approaches, and integrating evaluation with efforts to change toward family-centered approaches to care. Resources available to guide the evaluation effort include guidelines for reviewing written materials in a unit, program, clinic, or practice; written surveys and checklists; guidelines for focus groups or interviews; suggestions for using health care scenarios to gather information about family-centered approaches to care; and questions for nurses to use to reflect on their own practice.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family Nursing / organization & administration
  • Family Nursing / standards
  • Family Nursing / trends
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Pediatric Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Pediatric Nursing / standards
  • Pediatric Nursing / trends
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Total Quality Management*
  • United States