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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159215
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Focusing on My Child: Weaving the Web of Asthma
Abstract:
Focusing on My Child: Weaving the Web of Asthma
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Gehring, Linda, PhD, RN
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:Nursing, 1841 West Halsey Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53221, USA
This Grounded Theory study generated a substantive theory answering the question, “What is the experience of caregivers of central-city children with asthma?” In the United States asthma affects approximately 3.8 million children. In this Midwestern city more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with asthma, however, central city children are 5 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than their suburban counterparts. Little was published about the caregiver’s experience of caring for children with asthma. The subjects were referred by a local asthma coalition. A convenience sample of 24 English speaking females, age 23-74, who was caring for a child age 2 to 10 with asthma for over one year were interviewed. The subjects and child resided together in the central city. A semi structured taped interview was conducted with each subject. Interview data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. The core variable, “Focusing on my child,” was identified, representing the process utilized by caregivers while caring for their children with asthma. Their experiences included learning about asthma, protecting their children from asthma, and advocating for their children with asthma. As they struggled with caring for their child and maintaining a functional household, many feelings surfaced. By changing their focus from living in an “asthma household” to living in a “household with asthma” the caregivers were able to balance their feelings and change priorities. Their focus was no longer on asthma but on the children with asthma. Based on this study, we have a better understanding of access to the healthcare system by central city children with asthma. This substantive theory is informative for clinicians, schools personnel, employers or others who deals with childhood asthma. Lastly, this theory gives impetus for further research on childhood asthma and serves as a basis for changes in health policy.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFocusing on My Child: Weaving the Web of Asthmaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159215-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Focusing on My Child: Weaving the Web of Asthma</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gehring, Linda, PhD, RN </td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Nursing, 1841 West Halsey Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53221, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This Grounded Theory study generated a substantive theory answering the question, &ldquo;What is the experience of caregivers of central-city children with asthma?&rdquo; In the United States asthma affects approximately 3.8 million children. In this Midwestern city more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with asthma, however, central city children are 5 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than their suburban counterparts. Little was published about the caregiver&rsquo;s experience of caring for children with asthma. The subjects were referred by a local asthma coalition. A convenience sample of 24 English speaking females, age 23-74, who was caring for a child age 2 to 10 with asthma for over one year were interviewed. The subjects and child resided together in the central city. A semi structured taped interview was conducted with each subject. Interview data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. The core variable, &ldquo;Focusing on my child,&rdquo; was identified, representing the process utilized by caregivers while caring for their children with asthma. Their experiences included learning about asthma, protecting their children from asthma, and advocating for their children with asthma. As they struggled with caring for their child and maintaining a functional household, many feelings surfaced. By changing their focus from living in an &ldquo;asthma household&rdquo; to living in a &ldquo;household with asthma&rdquo; the caregivers were able to balance their feelings and change priorities. Their focus was no longer on asthma but on the children with asthma. Based on this study, we have a better understanding of access to the healthcare system by central city children with asthma. This substantive theory is informative for clinicians, schools personnel, employers or others who deals with childhood asthma. Lastly, this theory gives impetus for further research on childhood asthma and serves as a basis for changes in health policy. </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:48:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:48:45Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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