Parents' perspectives on the deaths of their children in two Brazilian paediatric intensive care units

Title

Parents' perspectives on the deaths of their children in two Brazilian paediatric intensive care units

Creator

Abib El Halal Gilda MC; Piva JP; Lago PM; El Halal MGS; Cabral FC; Nilson C; Garcia Pedro CR

Publisher

International Journal Of Palliative Nursing

Date

2013

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; infant; Male; Intensive Care Units; Terminal Care; decision making; Adult; Parents; Attitude of Health Personnel; Attitude to Death; Professional-Family Relations; Communication; Brazil; Pediatric; Preschool; Quality of Health Care

Description

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the quality of care offered to terminally ill children and their families in the last days of life in two Brazilian Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) from the parents' perspectives. METHODS: This was a qualitative, exploratory study. Parents of a child who had died in one of the PICUs 6-12 months previously were invited to take part in two interviews: a private meeting with the PICU assistant physician who cared for their child, to discuss and review any outstanding issues related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, and a recorded interview with a researcher who was not involved in the child's treatment. Data from the interviews with the researcher were posteriorly grouped in categories according to recurrent terms. RESULTS: Six categories emerged, three of which are reported here. The quality of communication was low; the medical staff frequently used technical terms, limiting understanding. Parental participation in the decision-making process was scarce; decisions were based on the medical perspective. Finally, families reported uncompassionate attitudes from the medical staff and excessive technology in the final moments surrounding the child's death, although nurses were highly involved with palliative care measures and demonstrated sympathetic and supportive postures. CONCLUSION: The interviews uncovered deficiencies in the care provided to parents in the PICUs, indicating a need for changes in practice.
2013-10

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

495-502

Issue

10

Volume

19

Citation

Abib El Halal Gilda MC; Piva JP; Lago PM; El Halal MGS; Cabral FC; Nilson C; Garcia Pedro CR, “Parents' perspectives on the deaths of their children in two Brazilian paediatric intensive care units,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 25, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14673.

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