Models of care delivery

Experiences, unmet needs and outcomes of parents of severely injured children: a mixed methods longitudinal cohort study.

Project details

Being the parent of a severely injured child involves many stressors and parents can have increased risk of mental distress and unmet psychosocial needs, however there is limited understanding of parent experiences from an Australian perspective.

This longitudinal study aims to investigate the experiences, unmet needs and outcomes of parents of severely injured children 0-12 years over the 2 year period following injury. Parent experiences, and child and parent quality of life, parenting stress, emotional distress, and resilience, will be investigated over 4 time points: the acute hospitalisation phase, and at 6, 12, and 24 months.

This project is one of several projects in the Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program, which is part-funded by an NHMRC Partnership Grant.

Research outcomes

This study will provide evidence-based information and guidance for clinicians and health services in providing care for injured children and their parents to strengthen their capacity to manage the challenges they face.

The findings can be used to influence the development of hospital policy and staff educational resources. The findings will also be used to inform the development of a large scale, cross-sectional study on the needs of families with children who have been severely injured.


Prof Kim Foster


  • Dr Alexandra Young, University of Sydney
  • Dr Connie Van, University of Sydney


  • Prof Kate Curtis, University of Sydney
  • A/Prof Rebecca Mitchell, Macquarie University


  • Day of Difference Foundation