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Information behaviour of parents of children admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit: Constructing a conceptual framework.
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PMID:  21212114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
This article explores the concepts 'information behaviour' and 'illness trajectory' at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). On the basis of literature review and exploratory interviews with neonatologists and head nurses of Belgian NICUs a conceptual framework is presented. The 'information behaviour' of parents of infants admitted to a NICU is analytically divided into five dimensions: ways of getting information; interpersonal information sources; time-related issues; location of information transfer; and content of information. The conceptual framework equally takes the 'illness trajectory' into account. Following Corbin and Strauss the illness trajectory at a NICU is analysed in three sub-trajectories: disease course; healthcare trajectory; and sickness trajectory. By combining the respective categories of information behaviour and illness trajectory, an analytical tool is presented under the form of a classification matrix for scrutinizing the mediating role of the illness trajectory on the information behaviour of parents of infants admitted to a NICU.
Sofie De Rouck; Mark Leys
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Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health (London, England : 1997)     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1461-7196     ISO Abbreviation:  Health (London)     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9800465     Medline TA:  Health (London)     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  54-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
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