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Care transition interventions for children with asthma in the emergency department

The emergency department (ED) is a critical point of identification and treatment for some of the most high-risk children with asthma. This review summarizes the evidence regarding care transition interventions originating in the ED for children with uncontrolled asthma, with a focus on care coordination and self-management education. Although many interventions on care transition for pediatric asthma have been tested, only a few were actually conducted in the ED setting.

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 16:29

The Balancing Act: Mothers' Experiences of Providing Care to Their Children With Cancer

The effect of pediatric cancer and its treatment are overwhelming-these effects are multifaceted and felt by the entire family unit throughout the diagnosis and treatment process. Children experience a plethora of effects as a result of the treatment process; however, it is imperative to remember that a pediatric cancer diagnosis affects parents physically, emotionally, and psychologically as well.

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 09:30

Returning research results: caregivers’ reactions following computerized cognitive training among childhood cancer survivors

Background: Few researchers routinely disseminate results to participants; however, there is increasing acknowledgment that benefits of returning results outweigh potential risks. Our objective was to determine whether use of specific guidelines developed by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) when preparing a lay summary would aid in understanding results. Specifically, to determine if caregivers of childhood cancer survivors found a lay summary comprehensive, easy to understand, and helpful following participation in a computerized cognitive training program.

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 18:44

Delay in pediatric epilepsy surgery: A caregiver's perspective

The timing of epilepsy surgery is complex, and there is not a structured pathway to help families decide whether to continue medical management or pursue surgical treatment. We surveyed caregivers of pediatric epilepsy surgery patients. Fifty-eight respondents answered the majority of questions. Thirty caregivers wished their child had undergone epilepsy surgery earlier compared with twenty who felt surgery was done at the appropriate time, and eight were unsure.

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 17:05

Adaptation and Feasibility of the interRAI Family Carer Needs Assessment in a Pediatric Setting

Family carers of children with serious illness contribute many hours of medical care in addition to usual daily care. Assessing the needs and supports of family carers is not routine practice. This study is the first to utilize the interRAI Family Carer Needs Assessment in carers of children, seeking to evaluate and improve its ability to capture their needs. This is a prospective pilot study of family carers of children with serious illness receiving care at a pediatric hospice. Thirty carers completed the self-assessment form.

Wed, 12/21/2022 - 10:48

Patient and parental assessment of factors influencing the choice of treatment in pediatric hydrocephalus

OBJECTIVE: Choosing between competing options (shunt or endoscopic third ventriculostomy) for the management of hydrocephalus requires patients and caregivers to make a subjective judgment about the relative importance of risks and benefits associated with each treatment. In the context of this particular decision, little is known about what treatment-related factors are important and how they are prioritized in order to arrive at a treatment preference.

Wed, 12/21/2022 - 10:05

The perceived health of children with epilepsy, sense of control,and support for their families

Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the perceived health of children with epilepsy as experienced by the respondents to a questionnaire, to assess the sense of control over their child's epilepsy, and how much support they feel they received in various environments.

Tue, 12/20/2022 - 09:33

Experiences of family caregivers caring for critically ill children hospitalized in a pediatric intensive care unit: a qualitative systematic review protocol

Review Objective: This review aims to synthesize the best available evidence on the experiences of family caregivers in caring for their critically ill children who have been hospitalized in a pediatric intensive care unit.

Tue, 12/13/2022 - 12:16

The impact of pediatric tracheostomy on the quality of life of caregivers

Objective: Pediatric tracheostomy is a challenge in otolaryngology practice and it is associated with greater morbidity and mortality than in adults; hence, constant vigilance by the designated family caregiver is critical. This study was designed to assess the impact of on quality of life of caregivers in a homecare setting as a result of the presence of child with a tracheostomy.

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 21:21

Multiple roles of parental caregivers of children with complex life-threatening conditions: A qualitative descriptive analysis

Objective: Children born with Complex Life-Threatening Conditions (CLTCs) often require complex and specialized services. Parents of children with CLTCs balance the role of caregiver with other responsibilities of employment, education, relationships, and self-care. The purpose of this paper is to describe the challenges for parents serving as caregivers of children with CLTCs and their intersection with health care provider expectations through utilization and adaptation of the role theory framework.

Tue, 08/23/2022 - 22:51

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