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Children excluded by discussions about their care feel scared and angry

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Children who are excluded from discussions about their hospital care often feel scared and angry that no-one is listening to them or telling them what is going on, according to researchers from the nursing school at Trinity College, Dublin.

Children who are excluded from discussions about their hospital care often feel scared and angry that no-one is listening to them or telling them what is going on, according to researchers from the nursing school at Trinity College, Dublin.

They spoke to 55 children and teenagers, aged from seven to 18, from three hospitals, individually or in focus groups.

They found the children wanted to take part in discussions and have their views and concerns taken seriously.

They also felt that they had a right to participate in matters that affected them and their bodies.

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  • Doesn't The Children Act 1989 advise that children are consulted regarding their treatment? Why aren't the three hospitals involved doing this??

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  • stating the obvious yet again is a total waste of everybody's time and money. this should be happening anyway and should not need to be the subject of research. i sometimes wonder why there is this constant need for these constant reminders in the NT on how to do our job and what type care is really being delivered and by whom?

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