Needs of Center-based Child Care Health Programs in Parents with Ill Children
급.만성질환 영유아 부모의 건강관리 특수보육에 대한 요구
방, 경숙; 한, 경자; 최, 미영
Korean Parent-Child Health Journal, 13(1):17-25, 2010
Korean Parent-Child Health Journal; 부모자녀건강학회지
Purpose: This study was conducted to investigate the recognition on center-based child care health programs for parents with ill children.
Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive study with convenient sampling method was used and 136 parents were recruited from two university hospital outpatient departments and hospitalized wards, and they completed a structured questionnaire.
Results: Majority (57.4%) of parents experienced a leaving work early or being absent from their work due to children’s illness. Most dissatisfying factors in child care centers were child health management. Most of parents agreed on the need for a center-based child care health program, and wanted a better management of health care by health professionals in child care centers.
Conclusion: These results support that there is a great demand for center-based child care health programs. These special programs are needed for reducing a child rearing burden for working mothers and overcoming the low birthrate in Korea. Health-care programs in child-care settings can help parents meet the health needs of their children while reducing absenteeism from work, thereby contributing to job stability. These results suggest discussions of the related policy with child care centers responsible and national health and educational authorities.
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