Abstract: PURPOSE: To identify parental perceptions on pediatric intensive care-related satisfaction items within the framework of developing a Dutch pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) satisfaction instrument. METHODS: Prospective cohort study in tertiary PICUs at seven university medical centers in The Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS: Parents of 1,042 children discharged from a PICU. RESULTS: A 78-item questionnaire was sent to 1,042 parents and completed by 559 (54%). Seventeen satisfaction items were rated with mean scores <8.0 (1, completely unimportant, to 10, very important) with standard deviations > or =1.65, and thus considered of limited value. The empirical structure of the items was in agreement with the theoretically formulated domains: Information, Care and Cure, Organization, Parental Participation, and Professional Attitude. The Cronbach's alpha of the domains ranged between 0.87 and 0.94. CONCLUSIONS: Parental perceptions on satisfaction with care measures were identified and prioritized. Reliabilities of the items and domains were of high level.

Additional Metadata
Keywords *Consumer Satisfaction, *Intensive Care Units, Pediatric, Child, Child, Preschool, Cohort Studies, Family Nursing, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Netherlands, Parents/*psychology, Prospective Studies, Quality of Health Care, Questionnaires
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00134-009-1491-7, hdl.handle.net/1765/22924
Journal Intensive Care Medicine
Latour, J.M, van Goudoever, J.B, Duivenvoorden, H.J, van Dam, N.A.M, Dullaart, E, Albers, M.J.I.J, … Hazelzet, J.A. (2009). Perceptions of parents on satisfaction with care in the pediatric intensive care unit: the EMPATHIC study. Intensive Care Medicine, 35(6), 1082–1089. doi:10.1007/s00134-009-1491-7