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Establishing and maintaining partnerships with patients, parents and carers is one of the components of ‘Good Medical Practice’, according to the General Medical Council.1 Evidence of feedback from parents and carers, showing partnership, is required for all paediatricians in the UK who wish to revalidate their license to practise as a doctor. Patient partnership is now also occurring in medical journals.2
The study by De et al 3 reporting parental perspectives on hospitalisation for evaluation and management of fever in young infants, has given an opportunity for a parent to review the study and to write this commentary:
This study gives a good insight into the thoughts, feelings and fears of parents of young infants hospitalised with a fever.3 In many ways this study is stating the obvious—of course parents will feel worried, overwhelmed and anxious when their young infant is hospitalised with a fever (or for that matter any illness). Clearly, receiving an empathetic response to their concerns and having clear and detailed information on how their infant will be cared for will help parents to feel more confident and reassured.
But sometimes it is …