The theory of shared communication: How parents of technology-dependent children communicate with nurses on the inpatient unit

Barbara K. Giambra, Teresa Sabourin, Marion E. Broome, Janice Buelow

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Care may be compromised for hospitalized technology-dependent children if nurses do not communicate with parents to include their knowledge in the child's plan of care. A qualitative study using grounded theory methodology was undertaken to identify parental perceptions and experiences of communication with nurses. The Theory of Shared Communication was the result of this study and includes questioning, listening, explaining, advocating, verifying understanding and negotiating roles to achieve the outcome of mutual understanding of the child's plan of care. Nurses should be aware of parent perceptions about communication when working with families to optimize the care they provide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Communication
  • Family
  • Nurses
  • Pediatric
  • Plan of care
  • Technology dependent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Medicine(all)

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