Mothers’ Perceived Barriers to and Recommendations for Health Care Appointment Keeping for Children Who Have Cerebral Palsy Academic Article uri icon

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  • Children with cerebral palsy (CP) require ongoing rehabilitation services to address complex health care needs. Attendance at appointments ensures continuity of care and improves health and well-being. The study’s aim was to gain insight into mothers’ perspectives of the factors associated with nonattendance. A qualitative descriptive design was conducted to identify barriers and recommendations for appointment keeping. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 mothers of children with CP. Data underwent inductive qualitative analysis. Mothers provided rich context regarding barriers confronted for appointment keeping—transportation and travel, competing priorities for the child and family, and health services. Mothers’ recommendations for improving the experience of attending appointments included virtual care services, transportation support, multimethod scheduling and appointment reminders, extended service hours, and increased awareness among staff of family barriers to attendance. The results inform services/policy strategies to facilitate appointment keeping, thereby promoting access to ongoing rehabilitation services for children with CP.


  • Ballantyne, Marilyn
  • Liscumb, Laurie
  • Brandon, Erin
  • Jaffar, Janice
  • Macdonald, Andrea
  • Beaune, Laura

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  • January 2019