Parents' experiences of asthma: process from chaos to coping.
2004 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 6, no 2, 93-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the present qualitative study was to describe nine parents' everyday experiences of living with a child suffering from asthma. Data were collected by means of in-depth interviews and phenomenological content analysis. Four main themes emerged: feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and guilt; the need for support and help from healthcare professionals; adaptation to everyday life; and the development of coping strategies. In addition, two subthemes; trying out and seeking information, emerged. Trying out was found to be an important strategy for parents in managing the illness. In encounters with healthcare professionals, parents felt that they were not respected and that their competence was questioned. In conclusion, this study emphasizes the importance of a mutual dialogue between healthcare professionals and parents to enable the parents to develop the competence necessary to care for their child.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 6, no 2, 93-9 p.
asthma; coping; nursing; parents; qualitative
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3746DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2004.00179.xPubMedID: 15130094OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3746DiVA: diva2:787049