Paediatric death and dying: Exploring coping strategies of health professionals and perceptions of support provision
Forster, Elizabeth M. & Hafiz, Alaa (2015) Paediatric death and dying: Exploring coping strategies of health professionals and perceptions of support provision. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 21(6), pp. 294-301.
Without question a child’s death is a devastating event for parents and their families. Health professionals working with the dying child and family draw upon their expertise and experience to engage with children, parents, and families on this painful journey. A delicate and sensitive area of practice, it has strong and penetrating effects on health professionals. They employ physical, emotional, spiritual and problem solving strategies to continue to perform this role effectively and to protect their continued sense of well-being.
To explore health professionals’ perceptions of bereavement support surrounding the loss of a child.
The research was underpinned by social constructionism. Semi-structured interviews were held with 10 health professionals including doctors, nurses and social workers who were directly involved in the care of the dying child and family in 7 cases of paediatric death. Health professional narratives were analysed consistent with Charmarz’s (2006) approach.
For health professionals, constructions around coping emerged as peer support, personal coping strategies, family support, physical impact of support and spiritual beliefs . Analysis of the narratives also revealed health professionals’ perceptions of their support provision.
Health professionals involved in caring for dying children and their families use a variety of strategies to cope with the emotional and physical toll of providing support. They also engage in self-assessment to evaluate their support provision and this highlights the need for self-evaluation tools in paediatric palliative care.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Paediatric palliative care, Health professional coping, Bereavement support|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 MA Healthcare Ltd|
|Deposited On:||30 Jun 2015 23:04|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2015 13:20|
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