Development and evaluation of an illustrated paediatric leaflet 'Coming to Hospital: a guide to what goes on'.
Clark, Elisha KR
Sanghavi, Sanjana S
BMJ paediatrics open
BMJ Publishing Group
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Clark, E. K., Sanghavi, S. S., Farrell, S., & Fritz, Z. (2021). Development and evaluation of an illustrated paediatric leaflet 'Coming to Hospital: a guide to what goes on'.. BMJ paediatrics open, 5 (1), e000889. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000889
Background: A paediatric information leaflet was produced to better prepare patients for time spent in hospital and to improve experience by informing them what to expect. Methods: The ‘Coming to Hospital’ leaflet was designed with input from paediatric research groups, and in collaboration with a children’s author and publishing company. A questionnaire to evaluate the leaflet was developed; face validity was established in a pilot. The real-time patient experience of these leaflets was evaluated on paediatric wards in a university hospital. Results: The evaluation revealed that a significant majority of children ‘really liked’ the leaflet and found it helpful. 53 out of 72 of children reported that the leaflet made them feel ‘happy’ or ‘calm’, with no children responding that it made them feel ‘very worried’. The leaflet was found to be informative, well presented and reassuring. Many parents stated that they wished they had received the leaflet prior to their child’s first hospital visit. Suggestions for changes to the leaflet were minimal; it was considered to include all relevant information. Conclusion: A leaflet designed by clinical staff, patients and a publishing company was welcomed by paediatric patients and their parents. Patients reported it made them feel calmer. Such a leaflet should be available widely to improve children’s experience of coming to hospital. Collaborations between clinicians, academics and publishing companies can produce positive results for the paediatric population.
Zoë Fritz is supported by the Wellcome Trust grant number 208213/Z/17/Z. She is based in The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute), University of Cambridge. THIS Institute is supported by the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and healthcare for people in the UK.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000889
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