The theory of shared communication: how parents of technology-dependent children communicate with nurses on the inpatient unit.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Care may be compromised for hospitalized technology-dependent children if nurses do not communicate with parents to include their knowledge in the child's plan of care. A qualitative study using grounded theory methodology was undertaken to identify parental perceptions and experiences of communication with nurses. The Theory of Shared Communication was the result of this study and includes questioning, listening, explaining, advocating, verifying understanding and negotiating roles to achieve the outcome of mutual understanding of the child's plan of care. Nurses should be aware of parent perceptions about communication when working with families to optimize the care they provide.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Giambra, BK; Sabourin, T; Broome, ME; Buelow, J

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 14 - 22

PubMed ID

  • 23583360

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8449

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-5963

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pedn.2013.03.004


  • eng