Publication date: Sep 22, 2023
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) created unprecedented challenges for everyone, but especially families of children with medical complexity (MC) who rely on a comprehensive range of health and social services in their daily lives. Yet despite this, there are limited studies exploring caregiver perspectives regarding access to health and social services during the pandemic. To address this gap, we aimed to explore how health and social services can better meet the needs of children with MC and their families. Sixteen parents residing with their children with MC (from birth to 18 years) in British Columbia, Canada participated in semi-structured interviews between July 2021 and April 2022. Findings revealed two different areas to improve services for families of children with MC, those relating to technology and family-centered care. Parents prioritized expanding the use of digital communication tools to support service navigation and scheduling. Virtual platforms were viewed as being valuable for building connections with other families and their community. In terms of family-centered care, parents emphasized the importance of policies recognizing the physical, emotional, and financial needs of the family. Findings have important implications for improving services to enhance the well-being and quality of life of children with MC and their families.
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