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Illness narratives of children with asthma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8852106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A child's own story of the illness experience is a necessary starting point for intervention strategies and outcomes research. A descriptive study of perceptions of asthma among 28 children (6-18 years old) with moderate or severe asthma was part of a larger study of symptom perception of asthma in childhood. The study sample included 36% Caucasian, 46% African American, and 18% other ethnic groups, encompassing a range of socioeconomic groups. Open-ended, semi-structured interviews were used to elicit children's perceptions of the impact of asthma on their lives, things that bothered them about having asthma, and worries they experienced. Visual analogue scales were used to assess several values. Themes that emerged in data analysis included (a) "I can't," (b) restrictions, (c) symptoms and treatments, (d) death, and (e) adaptation. Overall, asthma had a profound impact on study children, and certain themes were more predominant among subgroups of race and age; notably, the death theme was more prominent among African-American children.
H L Yoos; A McMullen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric nursing     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0097-9805     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Nurs     Publication Date:    1996 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-05     Completed Date:  1996-12-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505804     Medline TA:  Pediatr Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  285-90     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Asthma / physiopathology,  psychology*
Attitude to Health*
Cost of Illness*
Nursing Methodology Research

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