Parent and Adolescent Perspectives on the Impact of COVID on the Care of Seriously Ill Children

Title

Parent and Adolescent Perspectives on the Impact of COVID on the Care of Seriously Ill Children

Creator

Beight LJ; Helton G; Avery M; Dussel V; Wolfe J

Publisher

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Date

2021

Subject

adolescent perspectives; children with serious illnesses; COVID-19; parent perspectives; telehealth

Description

Context : Few studies have explored the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) on the care of seriously ill children which may be especially affected due to the child's vulnerability, complexity of care, and high reliance on hospital-based care. Objective : To explore parental and adolescent perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on care of seriously children. Methods : We recruited a convenience sample of families of seriously ill children between September and December 2020. The study involved a semi-structured interview through Zoom followed by an online sociodemographic survey. Interviews were transcribed and coded using the constant comparison method. The sample intended to represent diversity in child age and diagnoses, and family sociodemographic characteristics. Results : Sixty-four families were approached; 29 enrolled (response rate 45%), including 30 parents and three AYAs. Most parents and AYAs identified as white (62%). Some families reported new financial hardships, with 17.2% having difficulty paying bills after March 2020 compared to 6.9% before. Emerging themes from interviews included additional roles parents managed due to cancelled services or shifting to telehealth, increased isolation, high emotional distress due increased in-home demands, uncertainty, and visitor restrictions in medical facilities, and benefits and challenges to telehealth. One positive outcome was the use of a hybrid care model whereby families choose telehealth appointments and in-person services, when necessary. Conclusion : Families caring for seriously ill children during COVID-19 face increased challenges. Health systems should consider long-term telehealth/in-person hybrid care models that have potential to improve access to and satisfaction with care.

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Citation

Beight LJ; Helton G; Avery M; Dussel V; Wolfe J, “Parent and Adolescent Perspectives on the Impact of COVID on the Care of Seriously Ill Children,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 29, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18075.

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