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Antje Aarthun

Antje Aarthun is a PhD candidate in Health and Medicine at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Stavanger. She also works as a specialized children’s physiotherapist at Stavanger University Hospital. Antje’s research is about parental involvement in decision-making about children’s healthcare at the hospital.

In western countries, parents have a legal right to influence and be involved in decisions about their children’s healthcare. This ensures that the healthcare is customized as far as possible to meet the children’s and families’ needs and preferences. In addition, parental involvement expects to improve the quality of care and patient safety. However, parental involvement in children’s healthcare decisions is not sufficient implemented, and parents seem to be in a particularly vulnerable situation when participating in these decision-making processes. The objective of this project is to gain increased knowledge about parental involvement in decision-making about children’s healthcare and how health professionals can improve parental involvement at the hospital in a health-promoting perspective.

An explorative descriptive qualitative design is used within a constructivist research paradigm. The project includes four articles; one systematic review, two studies with parents as participants, and one study with health professionals as participants. Antjes’ first article, ‘Parent participation in decision-making in health-care services for children: an integrative review’, is published in Journal of Nursing Management. ‘How health professionals facilitate parents’ involvement in decision-making at the hospital: A parental perspective’ is published in Journal of Child Care. The third article is in process for publication and is about how parental involvement in children’s healthcare decisions influence parents’ ability to cope with the parental role at the hospital. The fourth article is under preparation and is about health professionals’ perspective on parental involvement in these decisions.

Antje Aarthun