Acute paediatric inpatient care of children and young people admitted with self-harm or eating disorders: A single centre evaluation

Joseph C Manning, Tim Carter, Iszara Blake, Verity Bingham, Joanne Cooper, Andy Turner, Takawira C Marufu, Damian Wood, Jane Coad

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    In the United Kingdom, the prevalence of children and young people (CYP) accessing acute paediatric inpatient care with mental health problems is increasing, with self-harm and eating disorders particularly prevalent. This study evaluated CYP experiences of being in receipt of acute paediatric inpatient care following either self-harm or crisis stemming from an eating disorder to inform domains for a person-centred outcome measure (PCOM). A series of stakeholder engagement events were conducted between April and July 2015 where creative approaches were used to explore stakeholder experiences of care and to identify outcome domains that were subsequently prioritised using a Nominal Group Technique. Data were analysed using inductive thematic approach, with significance scores calculated for domain statements. Ninety-six stakeholders (15 CYP, eight parents and carers, and 73 professionals) participated. Findings showed five priority PCOM domains: privacy and surveillance; holistic care; making choices, appropriate communication; working together to achieve care goals; and respect and empowerment. This single centre evaluation highlights the need for a PCOM to be developed for this patient group that comprehensively reflects stakeholders’ expectations in order to inform improvements to quality of acute paediatric care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)302-315
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Child Health Care
    Issue number2
    Early online date15 Jun 2022
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024

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    Funding Information: This project was funded by National Health Service (NHS) England (NHS England 2015–Manning). Dr Joseph C. Manning was the Chief Investigator and holder of the award.


    • Health Care
    • Inpatients
    • Outcome Assessment
    • Self-Injurious Behaviour
    • child
    • feeding and eating disorders
    • mental health
    • parents

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Pediatrics


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