Actual implementation of sick children’s rights in Italian pediatric units

In Actual implementation of sick children’s rights in Italian pediatric units: a descriptive study based on nurses’ perceptions (Bisogni et al. BMC Medical Ethics (2015) 16:33) relevant and interesting research is reported on the still limited implementation of the rights of sick children in Italian pediatric units.

The lofty and solemnly proclaimed rights of children during their hospital stay is compared and contrasted with the factual practice of these rights inside hospitals.

Data were gathered from Italian pediatric nurses, who responded to an online questionnaire in which they were asked to score the extend to which specific rights were respected in their hospital.

Based on the 536 questionnaires returned, the researchers conclude:

According to the perception of pediatric nurses, the implementation of the rights of hospitalized children in Italian pediatric units is still limited.