Parent perspectives and psychosocial needs 2 years following child critical injury

a qualitative inquiry

Kim Foster, Connie Van, Andrea McCloughen, Rebecca Mitchell, Alexandra Young, Kate Curtis*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction: To provide effective care and promote wellbeing and positive outcomes for parents and families following paediatric critical injury there is a need to understand parent experiences and psychosocial support needs. This study explores parent experiences two years following their child's critical injury. Methods: This multi-centre study used an interpretive qualitative design. Parent participants were recruited from four paediatric hospitals in Australia. Semi-structured interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Qualitative data were thematically analysed and managed using NVivo 11. Results: Twenty-two parents participated. Three themes were identified through analysis: Recovering from child injury; Managing the emotional impact of child injury; Being resilient and finding ways to adapt. Conclusions: A long-term dedicated trauma family support role is required to ensure continuity of care, integration of support and early targeted intervention to prevent long-term adverse outcomes for critically injured children and their families. Early and ongoing psychosocial intervention would help strengthen parental adaptation and address families’ psychosocial support needs following child injury.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jan 2020



  • Family
  • Nursing
  • Paediatric critical injury
  • Parent
  • Psychosocial
  • Qualitative
  • Resilience
  • Trauma

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