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  1. Adolescent preferences for rooming during hospitalization.

    Article - En anglais

    Purpose 

    To determine adolescents'rooming preferences during hospitalization.

    Methods 

    A questionnaire designed by the authors was administered to 95 adolescents (59 inpatients and 36 outpatients) in 1996.

    Differences between groups were analyzed by Chi-square.

    Results 

    The adolescents were equally divided between a preference to room alone (40%) or with one other person (39%). Fewer adolescents (20%) preferred more than one other roommate.

    When analyzed by gender, females were significantly more likely than males to prefer to room alone [53% vs. 28% (x2=5.34 ; p<0.05) ]. The majority of both inpatient and outpatient groups (93%) indicated a preference for a companion in particular their mother to stay with them overnight in the hospital during medically difficult times.

    Conclusions 

    These findings support our recommendation that there should be equal numbers of single and double rooms in adolescent inpatient units to accommodate these divided preferences among adolescents.

    Individual adolescent rooming preferences should be elicited and honored whenever feasible.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Hospitalisation, Hôpital général, Préférence, Isolement social, Attitude, Sexe, Organisation hospitalière, Adolescent, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospitalization, General hospital, Preference, Social isolation, Attitude, Sex, Hospital organization, Adolescent, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0449692

    Code Inist : 002B30A04D. Création : 25/01/1999.