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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, A
dc.contributor.authorO'Rourke, P
dc.contributor.authorKeogh, S
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:35:45Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:35:45Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2012-05-15T22:35:55Z
dc.identifier.issn0003-9888
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/adc.2008.149823
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/44762
dc.description.abstractObjectives: This study aims to provide a better understanding of the motivations and actions of parents of children with non-urgent injury or illness who attend the emergency department at a tertiary paediatric hospital seeking care. Design: A prospective questionnaire-based survey of 355 parents aimed to ascertain information about parent care-giving and care-seeking behaviours prior to presentation at the emergency department with their child. Results: A total of 355 parents were surveyed, representing 8% of the parents/carers presenting to the emergency department in a 3-month period for non-urgent (Australasian Triage System 4 and 5) care of their child. The factors identified were: parents rated their child's condition as moderate to very serious (242 (68%)); two-thirds of parents (234 (66%)) had sought advice prior to attending the emergency department; 54% (77) of the 137 children who attended with an injury presented promptly to emergency (ie, within 4 h of injury) whereas of the 216 presenting with an illness, 41% (88) presented within 2-7 days of the onset of the illness. Conclusions: This study displayed the accuracy of "parental triage," that is, parents assess their child's health and generally engage in appropriate care-giving and care-seeking behaviours before presenting to a paediatric emergency department. Highlighted are the deficiencies in current primary care services available to families and the perception that not all cases deemed as non-urgent by the emergency department are able to be dealt with in a primary care setting.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherBMJ Group
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom817
dc.relation.ispartofpageto820
dc.relation.ispartofissue10
dc.relation.ispartofjournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
dc.relation.ispartofvolume94
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPaediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111003
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1103
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1114
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.titleMaking choices: why parents present to the emergency department for non-urgent care
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.date.issued2009
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gro.griffith.authorKeogh, Samantha J.


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