Forskning
Udskriv Udskriv
Switch language
Region Hovedstaden - en del af Københavns Universitetshospital
Udgivet

How parents express their worry in calls to a medical helpline: a mixed methods study

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

DOI

  1. Risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in antidepressant drug users

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

  2. Risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a nationwide study

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

  3. Incidence of Sudden Cardiac Death in the European Union

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

  4. Opioid use is associated with increased out-of-hospital cardiac arrest risk among 40,000-cases across two countries

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Vis graf over relationer

BACKGROUND: Telephone triage is used globally in out-of-hours primary care, to prioritize who needs urgent assessment. Even though children rarely are severely ill, calls about sick children are among the most prevalent, mainly due to parental worry. Pediatric calls are considered challenging, as the call-handler must rely on parents' second-hand information. We aimed to investigate if parents' worry can be used as a predictor of severe illness, and if the content of the calls varies between different grades of worry.

METHODS: In a convergent mixed methods study design we asked patients to rate their degree-of-worry before talking to a call-handler. We used quantitative data of degree-of-worry, triage- and patient outcome in pediatric calls (n = 2857), and the qualitative content from 54 calls with subsequent hospitalization ≥24 h.

RESULTS: High degree-of-worry was associated with hospitalization ≥24 h (OR 3.33, 95% CI 1.53-7.21). Qualitative findings both confirmed and expanded knowledge of degree-of-worry. Worry was the predominant cause for contact overall, and was mainly triggered by loss-of-control. In calls with high degree-of-worry, the prevalence of loss-of-control was especially high, and the parents had additionally often contacted healthcare services recently. Parents with a foreign accent often rated their worry as high, and these callers were often ignored or interrupted. Calls with low degree-of-worry seemed to occur early during the disease.

CONCLUSION: High degree of parental worry was associated with severe illness. At the end of calls, call-handlers should ensure that the parent has regained control of the situation to reach increased reassurance and to prevent renewed unnecessary contact. Safety-netting is crucial, as many parents made contact early during the illness and deterioration may develop later. The scoring of parental degree-of-worry may be used as an indicator of potentially severe illness and can easily be implemented at out-of-hours call-centers globally.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: Original study registered at clinicaltrials.gov ( NCT02979457 ).

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer80
TidsskriftBMC primary care
Vol/bind23
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)1-16
Antal sider16
ISSN2731-4553
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 15 apr. 2022

Bibliografisk note

© 2022. The Author(s).

ID: 77840578