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Children’s experiences of acute hospitalisation to a paediatric emergency and assessment unit – A qualitative study

Jensen, Claus Sixtus, Jackson, Karen, Kolbaek, Raymond and Glasdam, Stinne 2012, Children’s experiences of acute hospitalisation to a paediatric emergency and assessment unit – A qualitative study, Journal of child health care, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 263-273, doi: 10.1177/1367493511431071.

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Title Children’s experiences of acute hospitalisation to a paediatric emergency and assessment unit – A qualitative study
Author(s) Jensen, Claus Sixtus
Jackson, Karen
Kolbaek, Raymond
Glasdam, Stinne
Journal name Journal of child health care
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 263
End page 273
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1741-2889
Keyword(s) children's perspectives
paediatric
interview
experiences
acute care
Summary Short-stay treatment has become a popular form of care as a strategy to cope with increased demands on health care. There is little research that considers children’s experiences of acute hospitalisation to a short-stay care facility such as a Paediatric Emergency and Assessment Unit (PEAU). This study explored the experiences of eight children aged 8–10 years. Semi-structured interviews were carried out to investigate the children’s own experiences of being hospitalised in a PEAU. Thematic content analyses were used. Three major themes were identified: the children’s understanding of disease, treatment and procedures; the children’s experiences of health-care personnel and the PEAU and transformation of everyday life into the settings of the hospital. The children identified the hospital stay as an overall positive experience. The children took part in leisure activities as they would at home and enjoyed time together with their parents while in hospital. In their conversations with staff they adapted to professional terms that they did not necessarily understand. They did not differentiate between professionals. Further work should be considered to clarify the consequences of this. This study has provided some limited insight into the child’s experiences of acute hospitalisation, which should inform nursing care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1367493511431071
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063776

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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