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Children Having Spinal Surgery to Correct Scoliosis: A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Experiences

Bull, Julie and GROGAN, Sarah (2009) Children Having Spinal Surgery to Correct Scoliosis: A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Experiences. Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (2). pp. 299-309.

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Abstract or description

In order to assist parents to cope with
the stress of their child undergoing
major spinal surgery, health
professionals need an understanding
of what the key stressors are. In this
study, 13 interviews and
questionnaires from parents in the UK
and USA were carried out and
analysed using Interpretative
Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).
Five themes emerged: ‘Information’;
‘Parenting role’; ‘Confidence in
professionals’; ‘Pain’; and ‘Effect on
life’. Findings suggested that parents
need appropriate information and
support from health professionals
throughout their experience to help
minimize uncertainty and distress and
that pain management is a major
source of stress to parents.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Sarah GROGAN
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 14:56
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2013 14:56
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/360

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