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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/166174
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Support Group for Families of Hospitalized Children: Family Coffee Break
Author(s):
Bradley, Beverly
Author Details:
Beverly Bradley, MSN, Clinical Instructor, Trident Technical College Associate Degree Program, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, email: beverly.bradley@tridenttech.edu
Abstract:
Regardless of the diagnosis of the child, families of hospitalized children are vulnerable to stress. A nursing intervention that can be effective in empowering families to cope with the stress of hospitalization is the provision of a family support group. If family members are assisted to cope with their stress they can better support the hospitalized child. A qualitative study was designed to explore the effectiveness of an informal famiIy support group, Family Coffee Break, in providing psychosocial support for families of children hospitalized in a children's hospital in the Southeast. The purpose of this study was to describe the responses of families to the Family Coffee Break. The Family Coffee Break provided refreshment and renewal breaks for family members staying with a hospitalized child, was structured to promote family to family support for families of hospitalized children and empowered families to cope with the stress of hospitalization. For a 5 week period the Family Coffee Break was offered 3 days per week to families from two units, with a morning session on one unit and an afternoon session on the other. Recruitment was through the personal invitation, flyers and the nursing staff. A total of 86 family members attended the Family Coffee Break with 13 individuals attending more than one session. In addition, 9 employees came into the session to talk with the facilitator. 77% of the participants were women and 68% were Caucasian. Family members, primarily mothers, were reluctant to leave their child for any length of time, but would come for the free coffee and baked goods. Only 10 mothers completed the evaluation instrument before leaving the hospital. They indicated the group meeting helped them to "handle" their child's hospitalization better. Other parents realized their situation was not as difficult as other family's. Anecdotal notes indicate parents were concerned by lack of privacy, disruption of usual family routine, distance from home to hospital, being uncomfortable with lack of clothes because of unexpected hospitalization. Family members are very vulnerable to stress when a child is in the hospital. This study demonstrated that a nursing intervention, such as the informal family support group (Family Coffee Break) can be incorporated as part of the nursing care on a given unit, and help to provide more holistic, family-centered care during a vulnerable time in a caregivers life.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
Feb 29 - Mar 2, 1996
Conference Host:
Southern Nursing Research Society
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSupport Group for Families of Hospitalized Children: Family Coffee Breaken_GB
dc.contributor.authorBradley, Beverlyen_US
dc.author.detailsBeverly Bradley, MSN, Clinical Instructor, Trident Technical College Associate Degree Program, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, email: beverly.bradley@tridenttech.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/166174-
dc.description.abstractRegardless of the diagnosis of the child, families of hospitalized children are vulnerable to stress. A nursing intervention that can be effective in empowering families to cope with the stress of hospitalization is the provision of a family support group. If family members are assisted to cope with their stress they can better support the hospitalized child. A qualitative study was designed to explore the effectiveness of an informal famiIy support group, Family Coffee Break, in providing psychosocial support for families of children hospitalized in a children's hospital in the Southeast. The purpose of this study was to describe the responses of families to the Family Coffee Break. The Family Coffee Break provided refreshment and renewal breaks for family members staying with a hospitalized child, was structured to promote family to family support for families of hospitalized children and empowered families to cope with the stress of hospitalization. For a 5 week period the Family Coffee Break was offered 3 days per week to families from two units, with a morning session on one unit and an afternoon session on the other. Recruitment was through the personal invitation, flyers and the nursing staff. A total of 86 family members attended the Family Coffee Break with 13 individuals attending more than one session. In addition, 9 employees came into the session to talk with the facilitator. 77% of the participants were women and 68% were Caucasian. Family members, primarily mothers, were reluctant to leave their child for any length of time, but would come for the free coffee and baked goods. Only 10 mothers completed the evaluation instrument before leaving the hospital. They indicated the group meeting helped them to "handle" their child's hospitalization better. Other parents realized their situation was not as difficult as other family's. Anecdotal notes indicate parents were concerned by lack of privacy, disruption of usual family routine, distance from home to hospital, being uncomfortable with lack of clothes because of unexpected hospitalization. Family members are very vulnerable to stress when a child is in the hospital. This study demonstrated that a nursing intervention, such as the informal family support group (Family Coffee Break) can be incorporated as part of the nursing care on a given unit, and help to provide more holistic, family-centered care during a vulnerable time in a caregivers life.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T14:41:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T14:41:45Z-
dc.conference.dateFeb 29 - Mar 2, 1996en_US
dc.conference.hostSouthern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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