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Parents' experiences of hope following a child's brain injury

Parents' experiences of hope following a child's brain injury

Nursing Children and Young people 27(7): 22-26

To explore the lived experiences of parents caring for their child following a severe to moderate acquired brain injury (ABI). A Heideggerian phenomenological approach was used and the research set within the naturalistic paradigm. Eight parents were identified using purposive sampling. Each parent was interviewed on a one-to-one basis using semi-structured interviews. The interviews were typed up verbatim and the data were analysed using thematic analysis. Every parent acknowledged the need to maintain hope. The other themes identified were: the effects on the child post ABI, the need for accurate information, emotional support, effects on the family, fear of death, transition, family accommodation and funding. Following a childhood brain injury it is important that parents can maintain a sense of hope and receive emotional support and accurate information. Staff could use these research findings to increase their awareness and inform their own practice.

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PMID: 26360179

DOI: 10.7748/ncyp.27.7.22.e618

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