Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the verbal communication of pediatric patients with caregivers who came to our clinic for hip ultrasonography.
Materials-Methods: A total of 185 infants aged between 2-3 months admitted to the Sami Ulus Women's Health and Diseases Training and Research Hospital from January-to-June 2019 for the hip ultrasound were included in the study. The verbal interaction patterns used by the caretakers of the babies were observed in the ultrasonography examination room. Babies and caregivers were treated within the framework of routine practices. Caregivers were asked to extend the infants to bed and prepare them for the hip ultrasound. The verbal communication styles used by caregivers in communication with infants were evaluated in three different categories.
Results: Of the 185 caretakers, 115 were mother, 38 were parents, and 30 were grandparents. two were social workers. 36% (n=66) of the caretakers did not communicate with the baby during the examination. 20%(n=37) of caretakers addressed the baby with meaningless repetitive sounds. 44%(n=84) used words;35(n=29) of them used all sentences. Social workers formed all sentences. The whole sentence was established by the mothers of 15 babies, and grandmothers of 12 infants.
Conclusion: It was observed that the rate of verbal communication was low under the conditions of the outpatient clinic where the patients were taken individually and given enough time to prepare their babies. To confirm the findings observed in a limited period, more comprehensive studies are needed.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Caretaker, Verbal Communication, Hip Ultrasound