Interviews with caregivers during acute asthma hospitalisations.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Objective: Childhood asthma is complex and poor management of childhood asthma is the leading health reason for pediatric emergency department visits, hospitalizations and missed school days for school-aged children. The purpose of this study was to explore caregiver perceptions of home management of childhood asthma in school-aged children who have been hospitalized for asthma. Methods: Using qualitative descriptive design with in-depth interviews, we aimed to explore family caregiver perceptions of managing asthma in school-aged children between 5 and 12 years of age. Results: Data were collected from 17 participants; however, two transcripts were incomplete due to interruption in interview from medical team. The sample consisted of 15 families with child age mean of 8 years, and diagnosed with asthma at 2 years and 8 months. Four experts with asthma and research design analyzed all transcripts and six clear themes emerged. These themes included family or caregiver burden, care coordination, certainty or uncertainty continuum, effort to control, sign or symptom recognition, and trigger recognition. In this article, we defined each theme and identify specific statements from families on daily life when affected by childhood asthma. Conclusions: The findings of this study confirm and extend results from other studies of caregivers who have school-aged children diagnosed with asthma. This study found that families play a vital role in management of asthma on a daily basis and families often assess the overall management of asthma by all child relations throughout the day. Clinical implications are highlighted within each theme.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gibson-Young, LM; Aroian, KJ; Weglicki, LS; Lang, JE; Norris, CL

Published Date

  • July 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 778 - 786

PubMed ID

  • 31025890

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-4303

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/02770903.2019.1602875


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England