Great expectations: a position description for parents as caregivers: Part I.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Parents caring for a child with a chronic condition must attend to a myriad of day-to-day management responsibilities and activities. This two-part series examines parental roles and responsibilities in detail. Part I will review both the adult and pediatric family caregiving literature. It will also describe four major caregiving responsibilities with associated tasks in both direct and indirect illness-related care, which parents are expected to perform when caring for a child with a chronic condition. These are: (a) managing the illness; (b) identifying, accessing, and coordinating resources; (c) maintaining the family unit; and (d) maintaining self. Part II (to be published in the next issue of Pediatric Nursing) will present a multifaceted list of parent caregiving management responsibilities and associated activities drawn from the literature. Clinical nursing implications associated with caregiver responsibilities and tasks will also be addressed.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sullivan-Bolyai, S; Sadler, L; Knafl, KA; Gilliss, CL

Published Date

  • November 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 457 - 461

PubMed ID

  • 14743843

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0097-9805


  • eng