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Hospitalized children with chronic illness: parental caregiving needs and valuing parental expertise

Hospitalized children with chronic illness: parental caregiving needs and valuing parental expertise

Journal of Pediatric Nursing 16(2): 110-119

Parents who care for a child with a chronic illness are forced to relinquish much of the control of the child's care when the child is hospitalized. By using the family systems theory as the underlying framework, the amount of control that parents of children with chronic illness wanted over their hospitalized child's care, and the degree to which parents felt health care professionals valued their expertise, was examined in a national sample of 50 parent caregivers. Participation in information sharing and technical care were areas over which parents wanted the most control. Nurses and attending physicians were rated highest in valuing parental expertise. Content analysis of an open-ended question on parental control revealed that parents felt a higher quality care was given at home than in the hospital; nurses were too busy or understaffed to provide optimal care in the hospital; and the child's control of care and decision making should increase as the child grew older.

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Accession: 046273361

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PMID: 11326399

DOI: 10.1053/jpdn.2001.23157

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