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Parents' participation in medical decisions linked to self-efficacy
Date:9/19/2007

king during their childs hospitalization.

The study revealed that parents ability to make medical decisions about their child was strongly linked to self-efficacy, or confidence in their ability to interact and communicate with physicians.

Additionally, researchers also found that parents of previously hospitalized children were more involved in medical decision-making. Tarini says this finding suggests that the hospital may be a learned experience for parents.

While this study is only the first step to learning more about parental participation in medical decisions, it is a reminder to physicians of the potential modifiability of parents involvement in their childs medical care, says Tarini.

According to Tarini, the next phase of research on this topic will involve working to determine if parental participation in medical decisions improves medical outcomes for the child.


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Contact: Krista Hopson
khopson@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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