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Most parents of hospitalized children with chronic illnesses rate their child's inpatient care as excellent or very good.

posted Mar 11, 2009, 1:54 PM by Joseph Carpenter   [ updated Mar 11, 2009, 1:55 PM ]

Researchers surveyed 12,562 parents of children receiving care at 39 hospitals from 1997 through 1999, to gather information about coordination of care, physical comfort, confidence and trust, care continuity, and other aspects of care. They found that even though 51 percent of parents reported that their child had a chronic health problem, most of the parents rated their child's inpatient care as excellent (47 percent) or very good (32 percent). Parents of children in fair or poor health with nonchronic conditions reported the lowest quality of care. Mack, Co, Goldmann, et al., Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 161(9):828-834, 2007 (AHRQ Grant T32 HS00063).