Narratives of children with chronic illness about being comforted.

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Source
J Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Aug;23(4):310-6
Publication Type
Article
Date
Aug-2008
Author
Angström-Brännström Charlotte
Norberg Astrid
Jansson Lilian
Author Affiliation
Department of Nursing, University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden. charlotte.angstrom@nurs.umu.se
Source
J Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Aug;23(4):310-6
Date
Aug-2008
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adaptation, Psychological
Child
Child, Hospitalized - psychology
Child, Preschool
Chronic Disease - psychology
Family Relations
Female
Humans
Male
Narration
Professional-Patient Relations
Stress, Psychological - prevention & control
Sweden
Abstract
The aim of the study was to examine how children with chronic illnesses narrate their experience of being comforted in hospital. During interviews, seven children, 4-10 years old described their experiences and made drawings. Thematic content analysis revealed following themes: being physically close to one's family, feeling safe and secure, staff being there for the children, and children being there for parents and siblings. Mother was identified as the most important comforter. The findings suggest that trusting in the staff's knowledge and professional skills is a prerequisite for children to feel "at home", and safe in hospital. Being close to one's family is even more important.
PubMed ID
18638674 View in PubMed
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