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Surveying young patients
  1. Theresa Foster,
  2. Victoria Maillardet
  1. Clinical Audit and Research Department, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Hospital Lane, Hellesdon, Norwich, UK
  1. Correspondence to Theresa Foster, Clinical Audit and Research Department, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Hospital Lane, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5NA, UK; theresa.foster{at}eastamb.nhs.uk

Abstract

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (the Trust) was keen to engage young patients and to encourage them to give feedback about the service they had received. The standard Trust satisfaction survey was modified for use with young patients, and this had the effect of increasing the response rate from this patient group by 8%, and increasing the percentage of young patients aged 5–10 years completing the survey themselves by 29%. The vast majority of parents/guardians were happy for the Trust to survey their child, but the age of the child affected to whom they would like the survey sent. The Trust subsequently altered patient survey practice to write to parents/guardians of patients aged <12 years and directly to all patients aged ≥12 years.

  • Survey
  • child
  • emergency services
  • ambulance
  • pre-hospital care
  • emergency ambulance systems

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Footnotes

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  • Competing interests None.

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  • Ethics approval Ethical approval for the study was obtained from the NHS National Research Ethics Service.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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