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Narratives of children with chronic illness about being comforted.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research. Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
2008 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families, ISSN 0882-5963, E-ISSN 1532-8449, Vol. 23, no 4, 310-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of the study was to examine how children with chronic illnesses narrate their experience of being comforted in hospital. During interviews, seven children, 4-10 years old described their experiences and made drawings. Thematic content analysis revealed following themes: being physically close to one's family, feeling safe and secure, staff being there for the children, and children being there for parents and siblings. Mother was identified as the most important comforter. The findings suggest that trusting in the staff's knowledge and professional skills is a prerequisite for children to feel "at home", and safe in hospital. Being close to one's family is even more important.

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2008. Vol. 23, no 4, 310-6 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-428DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2007.04.006PubMedID: 18638674OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-428DiVA: diva2:328103
Available from: 2010-07-01 Created: 2010-07-01 Last updated: 2016-12-05Bibliographically approved

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