Parents' experiences and the effect on the family two years after their child was admitted to a PICU-An interview study

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Background: For parents, having a child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a very stressful experience filled with anxiety. Parents are often scared and traumatised. This stress can lead to PTSD. Aim: The aim was to describe parents' experiences and the effect on the family two years after their child was admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit. Material and methods: Ten parents were interviewed according to a semi-structured interview guide. An inductive approach was applied for the study and qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings: The parents carried vivid memories and they were still strongly affected by the experience of having their child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit. They could clearly recall the environment, feelings that affected them and how they felt powerless. The relationship between the parents had been strengthened. Conclusion: Parents, siblings and the ill child could all show symptoms of anxiety, stress and sleeping disorders. The parents valued life differently.


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  • Nursing
  • Anesthesiology and Intensive Care


  • Disordered reality, Environment, Family, PICU, Powerless, Trauma, Vivid memories
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-148
JournalIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
Early online date2017 Jun 26
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

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