The impact of home-based physical rehabilitation program on parents' experience with children in palliative care: a qualitative study

Title

The impact of home-based physical rehabilitation program on parents' experience with children in palliative care: a qualitative study

Creator

Rico-Mena P; Palacios-Cena D; Martino-Alba R; Chocarro-Gonzalez L; Gueita-Rodriguez J

Publisher

European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine

Date

2019

Subject

adult; article; child; human; palliative therapy; genetic transcription; qualitative research; thematic analysis; home environment; pain; quality of life; education; young adult; semi structured interview; practice guideline; Spain

Description

BACKGROUND: Pediatric palliative care programs aim to improve the quality of life of children with severe life-threatening illnesses, and that of their families. Although rehabilitation and physical therapy provides a valuable tool for the control of symptoms, it has been poorly researched to date. Since the family represents such a fundamental support in these cases, it is important to deepen our understanding regarding the value of implementing rehabilitation programs from the parents' perspective. AIM: The aim of this paper was to explore parents' experiences regarding the implementation of a physical rehabilitation program in pediatric palliative care. DESIGN: A qualitative methodology was chosen. SETTING: The unit of pediatric palliative care at the Hospital Nino Jesus (Madrid, Spain). POPULATION: The inclusion criteria were: 1) parents of children, irrespective of their diagnosis; 2) integrated within the program of palliative care at the time of study; 3) aged between 0-18 years; 4) must be receiving Home-Based Rehabilitation Program by the Pediatric Palliative Care team. Fourteen parents were included. METHOD(S): Purposeful sampling method was implemented. Data collection consisted of unstructured and semi-structured interviews. A thematic analysis was performed to interpret transcripts. Guidelines for conducting qualitative studies established by the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research were followed. RESULT(S): Three main themes were identified: 1) the meaning of physical rehabilitation to parents; 2) physical rehabilitation as an opportunity for patients to stay in their home environment; and 3) home-based physical rehabilitation as part of the families' social environment. CONCLUSION(S): The main needs of a home physical rehabilitation program are to decrease pain and suffering, together with improving family education and training. CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: The experience of rehabilitation programs at home is essential in order to improve both the quality of life and the quality of care of affected children and parents.

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Citation

Rico-Mena P; Palacios-Cena D; Martino-Alba R; Chocarro-Gonzalez L; Gueita-Rodriguez J, “The impact of home-based physical rehabilitation program on parents' experience with children in palliative care: a qualitative study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 28, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16522.

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