Parental information needs in chronic renal failure and diabetes mellitus

Jacqueline Collier, Helen Pattison, Alan Watson, Charlotte Sheard

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The information needs of parents of children with end stage renal failure (ESRF) or with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) were assessed by questionnaires over a 2-year period. Questionnaires were posted on seven occasions at 4-monthly intervals and were sent to both mothers and fathers. Most information needs were reported to be for detailed test results, for new information about the condition and about the child's future social development. Questions responsible for the three highest scores were concerned with the future: the child's fertility; their social, career and marriage prospects; and the hope for a new improved treatment. For the IDDM mothers, scores were significantly different depending on age of the child (P = 0.02). Change in treatment mode had no significant effect on the information needs of parents of children with ESRF (P = 0.81). Occupation was significantly associated with the mean general information needs scores for parents, with occupations of a lower socioeconomic status associated with higher information needs scores. There were no significant differences between the reported mean general information needs scores of parents of children with ESRF and of parents of children with IDDM (P = 0.69) or between mothers and fathers mean general information needs scores (P = 0.58).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001


  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1
  • Fathers
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mothers
  • Parents
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Questionnaires
  • Regression Analysis
  • Social Support
  • Socioeconomic Factors

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