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The meaning of being a visiting child of a seriously ill parent receiving care at the ICU
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Linnéuniversitetet, Fakulteten för Hälso- och livsvetenskap (FHL), Institutionen för hälso- och vårdvetenskap (HV).
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Region Jönköping County, Sweden; Linköping University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0156-6677
Department of Women´s and Children´s health, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8596-6020
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 16, no 1, article id 1999884Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Children's visits to the ICU are still restricted, and more focus on the child's own needs and experiences are needed. The aim of this study is to illustrate the meaning of being a visiting child of a seriously ill parent receiving care at the ICU.

Method

A qualitative descriptive design was used, with open-ended interviews with seven children (6-18 years) performed and analysed using a phenomenological research approach.

Findings

Being a visiting child of a seriously ill parent receiving care at the ICU is described as a life situation taking place in an unfamiliar environment, characterized by a heartfelt, genuine desire to be there, in an interdependence entailing offering a loved one the help they need while at the same time being seen in a compassionate way and being able to share, revealing a sudden awakening of an inner truth of reality and a sense of a healing wisdom of understanding.

Conclusions

The children felt good when they visited their ill parent, but at the same time not fully involved, and desired a more compassionate, caring approach by the nurses. Improvements are needed in how to approach visiting children in a more individual and caring way.

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Taylor & Francis, 2021. Vol. 16, no 1, article id 1999884
Keywords [en]
Visiting, child, intensive care, information, caring
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-55151DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2021.1999884ISI: 000718608500001PubMedID: 34775932Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85119260069Local ID: GOA;;778863OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-55151DiVA, id: diva2:1614300
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Futurum - Academy for Health and Care, Jönköping County Council, SwedenAvailable from: 2021-11-25 Created: 2021-11-25 Last updated: 2021-12-03Bibliographically approved

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