What do parents expect in the 21st century? A qualitative analysis of integrated youth care

Laura A. Nooteboom*, Chris H. Z. Kuiper, Eva A. Mulder, Peter J. Roetman, Janna Eilander, Robert R. J. M. Vermeiren

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Introduction: To provide integrated Youth Care responsive to the needs of families with multiple problems across life domains, it is essential to incorporate parental perspectives into clinical practice. The aim of this study is to advance our understanding of key components of integrated Youth Care from a parental perspective. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were administered to 21 parents of children receiving Youth Care from integrated care teams in the Netherlands. Qualitative content analysis was conducted by means of a grounded theory approach following qualitative reporting guidelines. Results and discussion: Parental perspectives were clustered into six key components: a holistic, family-centred approach; addressing a broad range of needs in a timely manner; shared decision making; interprofessional collaboration; referral; and privacy. Parents emphasized the importance of a tailored, family-centred approach, addressing needs across several life domains, and active participation in their own care process. However, they simultaneously had somewhat opposing expectations regarding these key components, for example, concerning the changing roles of professionals and parents in shared decision making and the value of involving family members in a care process. Professionals should be aware of these opposing expectations by explicitly discussing mutual expectations and changing roles in decision making during a care process. To enable parents to make their own decisions, professionals should transparently propose different options for support guided by an up-to-date care plan.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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