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Emotional and informational support for families during their child's illness
2006 (English)In: International Nursing Review, ISSN 0020-8132, E-ISSN 1466-7657, Vol. 53, no 3, 205-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: To describe and compare the support provided by nursing staff to families during their child's illness from the viewpoint of families and nurses.

METHOD: A survey method was used. Data were collected by questionnaires planned for families and staff separately. The study population consisted of families who visited paediatric outpatient clinics, families with hospitalized children (n = 344) and the paediatric nursing staff (n = 60).

FINDINGS: Almost half of the families had received adequate emotional and informational support from the nursing staff for their physical and psychological reactions. One-fifth of the families reported that they had not been supported at all during the child's hospitalization. According to families and nurses, the support was provided in the forms of discussion, listening and giving time.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Families' and nurses' suggestions for development of support were related to the time resources of the staff, to the flow of information, to more client-centred attitudes, to being appreciated and listened to and to home care guidance. However, the pervasiveness of this problem in the international literature suggests that deeper consideration of possible underlying reasons for this phenomenon is called for.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2006. Vol. 53, no 3, 205-210 p.
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emotional and informational support, family nursing, paediatric nursing, hospitalized children, nurses experiences, parents, stress, health, needs, care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-22370DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00479.xISI: 000239330800018PubMedID: 16879183OAI: diva2:214697
Available from: 2009-05-06 Created: 2009-05-06 Last updated: 2015-08-31Bibliographically approved

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