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J Pediatr Health Care. 1996 Nov-Dec;10(6):272-9.

Children with chronic conditions: educators' views.

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College of Nursing at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.


The purpose of this qualitative, exploratory study was to identify the concerns and resource needs of educators for effectively teaching children with chronic health conditions, Semistructured audiotaped telephone interviews were conducted with 23 teachers and six principals from urban and rural public schools, grades K-12. The interview included questions in four areas: (a) experiences with children with chronic health conditions, (b) concerns in providing educational services to these children, (c) resources used by educators, and (d) recommendations regarding how information and services can best be provided to educators. The most common concerns were unanticipated medical emergencies and increased absence rates. The major resource for these educators was the school nurse. Educators preferred information specific to a child in their class, provided to them by the school nurse. Results suggest that interventions for teachers are more likely to be effective when they are coordinated with the school nurse and focus on the impact of the condition on a child's ability to function in the classroom. Subsequent research is necessitated to determine effective strategies for specialty nurses to aid school nurses in providing optimum care for these children.

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