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Parents' experiences and the effect on the family two years after their child was admitted to a PICU-An interview study

Terp, Karina LU and Sjöström-Strand, Annica LU (2017) In Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
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Background: For parents, having a child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a very stressful experience filled with anxiety. Parents are often scared and traumatised. This stress can lead to PTSD. Aim: The aim was to describe parents' experiences and the effect on the family two years after their child was admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit. Material and methods: Ten parents were interviewed according to a semi-structured interview guide. An inductive approach was applied for the study and qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings: The parents carried vivid memories and they were still strongly affected by the experience of having their child admitted to a paediatric intensive care... (More)

Background: For parents, having a child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a very stressful experience filled with anxiety. Parents are often scared and traumatised. This stress can lead to PTSD. Aim: The aim was to describe parents' experiences and the effect on the family two years after their child was admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit. Material and methods: Ten parents were interviewed according to a semi-structured interview guide. An inductive approach was applied for the study and qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings: The parents carried vivid memories and they were still strongly affected by the experience of having their child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit. They could clearly recall the environment, feelings that affected them and how they felt powerless. The relationship between the parents had been strengthened. Conclusion: Parents, siblings and the ill child could all show symptoms of anxiety, stress and sleeping disorders. The parents valued life differently.

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Disordered reality, Environment, Family, PICU, Powerless, Trauma, Vivid memories
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Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
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0964-3397
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10.1016/j.iccn.2017.06.003
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  abstract     = {<p>Background: For parents, having a child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a very stressful experience filled with anxiety. Parents are often scared and traumatised. This stress can lead to PTSD. Aim: The aim was to describe parents' experiences and the effect on the family two years after their child was admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit. Material and methods: Ten parents were interviewed according to a semi-structured interview guide. An inductive approach was applied for the study and qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings: The parents carried vivid memories and they were still strongly affected by the experience of having their child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit. They could clearly recall the environment, feelings that affected them and how they felt powerless. The relationship between the parents had been strengthened. Conclusion: Parents, siblings and the ill child could all show symptoms of anxiety, stress and sleeping disorders. The parents valued life differently.</p>},
  author       = {Terp, Karina and Sjöström-Strand, Annica},
  issn         = {0964-3397},
  keyword      = {Disordered reality,Environment,Family,PICU,Powerless,Trauma,Vivid memories},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Intensive and Critical Care Nursing},
  title        = {Parents' experiences and the effect on the family two years after their child was admitted to a PICU-An interview study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iccn.2017.06.003},
  year         = {2017},
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