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J Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Feb;19(1):61-9.

A double concern: grandmothers' experiences when a small grandchild is critically ill.

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Department of Nursing Science, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark. eh@nursingscience.au.dk

Abstract

Grandmothers play an active part in family health and illness, but so far they are peripheral in both nursing and nursing research. This article addresses grandmothers' lived experiences when a small grandchild is critically ill. A convenience sample of 7 grandmothers was interviewed once. With the use of the methodology of Van Manen, (1990), the essence of the phenomenon was found to be a "double concern," a worry and loving care that encompassed both parents and grandchildren. Although the findings have limitations, they constitute a systematic and thematic description of Danish grandmothers' experiences and therefore add to a family-oriented body of knowledge in pediatric nursing.

PMID:
14963873
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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