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Caregivers' experiences at home with a ventilator-dependent child

Wang, Kai-Wei Katherine & Barnard, Alan G. (2008) Caregivers' experiences at home with a ventilator-dependent child. Qualitative Health Research, 18(4), pp. 501-508.

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Abstract

With advancing technology and transformation in health care delivery, more chronically ventilator-dependent children are being discharged to home. Pediatric home health care aims to increase the quality of life of patients and families, decrease cost and duration of hospital stay, and promote community participation in health care delivery. The authors aimed to describe and identify the qualitatively different experiences of primary caregivers who support ventilator-dependent children at home. Through phenomenographic inquiry 17 primary caregivers described their experiences through interviews that were later analyzed using accepted qualitative methods. Seven categories of description and an outcome space were identified, with findings highlighting the unique experience of this group and providing insight into their personal, social, and collective experiences. Outcomes reveal the significant and distinctive nature of understanding and have implications for clinical practice development, health education, policy formulation, social support, and future research in pediatric home health care.

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ID Code: 18433
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Pediatric home ventilation, Technology, Carers, Nurse, Phenomenography, Qualitative research
DOI: 10.1177/1049732307306185
ISSN: 1049-7323
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Community Child Health (111704)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Primary Health Care (111717)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2009 12:58
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:48

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