Insight into the content of and experiences with follow-up conversations with bereaved parents in paediatrics: A systematic review

Title

Insight into the content of and experiences with follow-up conversations with bereaved parents in paediatrics: A systematic review

Creator

van Kempen MM; Kochen EM; Kars MC

Identifier

Publisher

Acta Paediatrica

Date

2022

Subject

follow-up; end-of-life; paediatrics; parents; bereavement

Description

AIM: A follow-up conversation with bereaved parents is a relatively well-established intervention in paediatric clinical practice. Yet, the content and value of these conversations remain unclear. This review aims to provide insight into the content of follow-up conversations between bereaved parents and regular healthcare professionals (HCPs) in paediatrics and how parents and HCPs experience these conversations. METHODS: Systematic literature review using the methods PALETTE and PRISMA. The search was conducted in PubMed and CINAHL on 3 February 2021. The results were extracted and integrated using thematic analysis. RESULTS: Ten articles were included. This review revealed that follow-up conversations are built around three key elements: (1) gaining information, (2) receiving emotional support and (3) facilitating parents to provide feedback. In addition, this review showed that the vast majority of parents and HCPs experienced follow-up conversations as meaningful and beneficial for several reasons. CONCLUSION: An understanding of what parents and HCPs value in follow-up conversations aids HCPs in conducting follow-up conversations and improves care for bereaved parents by enhancing the HCPs' understanding of parental needs.

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Citation

van Kempen MM; Kochen EM; Kars MC, “Insight into the content of and experiences with follow-up conversations with bereaved parents in paediatrics: A systematic review,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 21, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17844.