Parent-Doctor Interaction Impacts a Child’s Care
How parents interact with the doctors and nurses caring for their sick children can have an impact on the quality of care. In a study, 39 hospital teams participated in simulated situations involving very sick newborn babies (using dolls) and with actors playing their parents and making either rude or neutral comments. When the rude comments were said, the medical teams performed worse at diagnosing the baby’s illness, planning treatment, exchanging information, and sharing workloads. The takeaway: As you advocate for your child’s care, avoid hostile or rude remarks. Consider bringing along a friend or family member to mediate during stressful situations.
Source: Pediatrics, published online Jan. 10, 2017