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Experiences of parents during the hospitalisation of their child in a private paediatric unit

M Verwey
Curationis | Vol 31, No 2 | a975 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v31i2.975 | © 2008 M Verwey | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2008 | Published: 28 September 2008

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M Verwey,, South Africa

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Abstract

A change in the health of a child is regarded as a major stressor for parents which further increases when the child is admitted to a hospital (Kaplan & Sadock, 1998:799). The role of the family in a child’s illness is slowly being recognised (Kibel & Wagstaff, 2001:544), but the South African government per se has not yet issued any formal reports on parental participation in the hospitalisation process.

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