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Transitional Togetherness: The changing nature of the parent-healthcare provider relationship when a child dies in the paediatric intensive care unit

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posted on 27.11.2017, 01:00 authored by ASHLEIGH ELIZABETH BUTLER
This thesis explores the relationships between parents and healthcare providers when a child dies in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). A constructivist grounded theory methodology was used to explore the experiences of 26 bereaved parents from 4 Australian PICUs. The theory developed, Transitional togetherness, demonstrates the ways in which the parent-healthcare provider relationship develops and changes across the child's illness trajectory, based on the changing needs of the parents. Three stages are identified and discussed: Welcoming expertise, Becoming a team, and Gradually disengaging.These findings provide a framework for understanding and working within the changing parent-healthcare provider relationship.

History

Principal supervisor

Helen Grace Hall

Additional supervisor 1

Beverley Copnell

Year of Award

2017

Department, School or Centre

Nursing and Midwifery

Campus location

Australia

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences