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An explorative study : parental involvement in youth healthcare

Roerdink, M. (2017) An explorative study : parental involvement in youth healthcare.

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Abstract:Youth health services (YHS) in the Netherlands are the public healthcare organization for children and adolescents between 0 and 18 year. YHS are successful in the preventive care for children, but have to deal with cuts in their budget. More tasks are assigned to healthcare organizations, but there is no increased budget to complete these tasks. To realize provision of high-quality care with diminishing means, it is important to investigate whether co-production is applicable to YHS. The objective of this study was to investigate to what extent parents who visit youth health services with 0-4 year old children can become involved in tasks of the basic task of youth healthcare with the help of an online support service. An explorative study was conducted consisting of a document analysis, interviews with YHS professionals and interviews with parents. Parents can become partly involved in the healthcare of their child because they can read standardized information online, they can fill in simple information in an online support service and they can perform some tasks partly themselves at home or at the child consultation clinic. This study showed that there appears to be an interest in parental involvement via online support service. However, future research should reveal whether parental involvement via an online support service actually lead to empowerment, cost and time savings.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Topicus Healthcare B.V., Nederland
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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