Suffering indicators in terminally ill children from the parental perspective

Title

Suffering indicators in terminally ill children from the parental perspective

Creator

Montoya-Juárez R; García-Caro MP; Schmidt-Rio-Valle J; Campos-Calderón C; Sorroche-Navarro C; Sánchez-García R; Cruz-Quintana F

Publisher

European Journal Of Oncology Nursing: The Official Journal Of European Oncology Nursing Society

Date

2013

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; Neoplasms; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Adult; Parent-Child Relations; Parents; Interviews as Topic; Attitude to Death; Qualitative Research; Spain; Stress; quality of life; Adaptation; Psychological

Description

PURPOSE: Suffering is a complex multifaceted phenomenon, which has received limited attention in relation to children with terminal illness. As part of a wider study we interviewed parents of children with terminal illness to elicit their perspectives on suffering, in order to provide initial understanding from which to develop observational indicators and further research. METHODS: Qualitative descriptive study with semi-structured interviews made "ad hoc". Selection through deliberate sampling of mothers and fathers of hospitalised children (0-16 years old) with a terminal illness in Granada (Spain). KEY RESULTS: 13 parents were interviewed. They described children's suffering as manifested through sadness, apathy, and anger towards their parents and the professionals. The isolation from their natural environment, the uncertainty towards the future, and the anticipation of pain caused suffering in children. The pain is experienced as an assault that their parents allow to occur. CONCLUSIONS: The analysis of the interview with the parents about their perception of their ill children's suffering at the end of their lives is a valuable source of information to consider supportive interventions for children and parents in health care settings. An outline summary of the assessed aspects of suffering, the indicators and aspects for health professional consideration is proposed.
2013-12

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

720-725

Issue

6

Volume

17

Citation

Montoya-Juárez R; García-Caro MP; Schmidt-Rio-Valle J; Campos-Calderón C; Sorroche-Navarro C; Sánchez-García R; Cruz-Quintana F, “Suffering indicators in terminally ill children from the parental perspective,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 2, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14757.

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