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Omega (Westport). 2007;55(2):117-30.

What parents of seriously ill children value: parent-to-parent connection and mentorship.

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University of New England, Portland, ME 04103, USA. scohenkonrad@une.edu

Abstract

The value of parent-to-parent support has been noted in research with parents of children who have a range of special needs and chronic medical conditions, however, less is known about the benefit of such mentorship for parents caring for seriously ill and dying children. Findings from a qualitative study with mothers of seriously ill children, including those whose children had died, provided rich and detailed information about the personal and practical resources they received from other parents. Personal recommendations to parents by parents included the value of seeking out mentorship and appreciating the small things in life, while practical suggestions encompassed encouraging parents to become informed and to advocate for their children's best interests. Mothers also identified professionals with end-of-life training as instrumental agents of support.

PMID:
17944310
DOI:
10.2190/OM.55.2.b
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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