To identify parental concerns when a child is suddenly admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, 17 parents often critically ill children were interviewed using a structured format between 20 and 36 hours after admission about their concerns around the time of admission and at the time of interview using the Parental Concerns Scale. The individual concern items receiving the highest ratings were the child’s survival, the possibility of mental or physical impairment, the child’s diagnosis, and the amount of pain experienced by the child. Total concern scores decreased over time for both mothers and fathers when the child’s prognosis was good and, for mothers only, when the child had an infectious illness rather than accidental injuries. Implications for nursing practice are discussed
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Family Interventions| May 01 1991
Emergent Admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Parental Concerns
Joanne M. Youngblut, PhD, EN;
*From the Department of Nursing Care of Children, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Denver, Colorado.
Reprint requests to JoAnne M. Youngblut, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing Care of Children, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 2040 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1991) 2 (2): 329–337.
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Joanne M. Youngblut, Susan Schaeffer Jay; Emergent Admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Parental Concerns. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1991; 2 (2): 329–337. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1991-2020
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