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Written and edited by leading pediatric and family nurse researchers, this book provides a synthesis of the research literature in nursing and health promotion of children, pediatric acute and chronic conditions, and children and families in the health care system.Children and Families in Health and Illness will prove an excellent shelf reference for researchers and a thought-provoking read for advanced-level practitioner in child or family nursing.
Chapter 8: Acutely Ill Children and Their Families: Implications for Research, Practice, and Education
Acutely Ill Children and Their Families: Implications for Research, Practice, and Education
The experience of acute or critical illness and hospitalization has long been acknowledged to be a significant event for children and their families (Thompson, 1985; Vernon, Foley, Sipowicz, & Schulman, 1965). Although institutional practices related to family-centered care have made significant progress this past decade (Johnson, Jeppson, & Redburn, 1992), children and their families are still exposed to multiple stressors during an acute/critical illness. These stressors include separation from friends and family, financial concerns, painful procedures and treatments, uncertainty about their prognosis, and interruption of daily routines that lend structure and predictability to a child's life. Hospitals and other acute care ...