Quality of health care according to people with Down syndrome, their parents and support staff: A qualitative exploration

F. A. van den Driessen Mareeuw*, A. M. W. Coppus, D. M. J. Delnoij, E. de Vries

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Abstract

Background 

People with Down syndrome (PDS) have complex healthcare needs. Little is known about the quality of health care for PDS, let alone how it is appraised by PDS and their caregivers. This study explores the perspectives of PDS, their parents and support staff regarding quality in health care for PDS. 

Method 

The present authors conducted semi-structured interviews with 18 PDS and 15 parents, and focus groups with 35 support staff members (of PDS residing in assisted living facilities) in the Netherlands. 

Results 

According to the participants, healthcare quality entails well-coordinated health care aligned with other support and care systems, a person-centred and holistic approach, including respect, trust and provider-patient communication adapted to the abilities of PDS. 

Conclusions 

Our findings may be used to improve health care for PDS, and provide insight into how health care could match the specific needs of PDS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-514
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Down syndrome
  • Netherlands
  • qualitative methods
  • quality of health care
  • quality of life
  • PATIENT-CENTERED CARE
  • OF-LIFE
  • INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
  • CHILDREN
  • ADULTS
  • EXPERIENCES
  • OUTCOMES
  • IMPACT
  • NEEDS

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