ISLAMABAD -- A feeling of safety and good night's sleep are the things that matter the most to sick kids in hospital.
For the study, researchers developed the 'Needs of Children Questionnaire' (NCQ), the first of its kind to measure children's self-reported paediatric, physical and emotional needs in paediatric wards, according to the study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
'Development of the NCQ is part of an international movement to place children as central to care delivery, which honours the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,' said Mandie Foster, Professor at the Edith Cowan University in Australia.
The research team assessed 193 school-aged children in psychiatric settings in Australia and New Zealand.
Children's most important needs were identified as: To know they are safe and will be looked after, to get enough sleep at night, hospital...