A Care-by-Parent Unit: Its Planning, Implementation and Patient Satisfaction

Bill S. Caldwell, Lillian H. Lockhart

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Influenced by a shortage of nurses, the high cost of hospitalization and a belief that parents can give adequate care to certain hospitalized children a care-by-parent unit (CBPU) was developed Patient care is provided by parents No nurses are on the unit, a unit coordinator is the only hospital personnel A care-by-parent committee composed of representatives from several disciplines gives direction to the unit Unit success has been measured by several criteria Cost-per-patient day has been lowered, physicians have expressed satisfaction, and a survey of children and their parents indicates that both are highly supportive of the unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-7
Number of pages4
JournalChildren's Health Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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