Journal Article

Parents' perceptions of pediatric day surgery risks: unforeseeable complications, or avoidable mistakes?

Sobo EJ. Social science & medicine (1982). 2005;60:2341-50.

This study described findings from 35 interviews with parents about perceptions of error risk during their child’s surgery. Through qualitative analysis, the investigators identified 12 themes from the interview transcripts. The themes were divided into "worries or fears" and "reassuring considerations," with detailed examples of each provided in the discussion. Strategies to address the patient-centered approach are offered along with their relation to risk management goals. The authors conclude that understanding parents' expectations and vulnerability plays an essential role when communicating risks in these settings.