Arch Dis Child 64:274-276 doi:10.1136/adc.64.2.274
  • Research Article

Resident parents and shorter hospital stay.

  1. M R Taylor,
  2. P O'Connor
  1. National Children's Hospital, Dublin.


      A total of 586 admissions for 12 medical conditions were reviewed. The stay of children accompanied by a resident parent was 31% shorter than those whose parents were not resident. Resident parents benefit the emotional well being of the child and increase hospital efficiency; accommodation for parents should therefore be an integral part of a unit admitting children.