Therapeutic letters: a qualitative study exploring their influence on the hope of parents of children receiving pediatric palliative care in Portugal

Ricardo Fonseca, Matilde Carvalho, Ana Querido, Maria H. Figueiredo, Jill Bally, Zaida Charepe*

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

Resultado de pesquisarevisão de pares

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Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore the hope experiences of parents of children diagnosed with complex chronic conditions (CCCs) who received therapeutic letters. Design and Methods: A purposive sample of 10 parents of inpatient children with CCCs was recruited from a pediatric palliative care unit in a Portuguese public hospital. A demographic form and audio-recorded semi-structured, face-to-face interviews were conducted with each participant to explore the experiences, processes, and meanings of hope, and to describe how parents of children receiving pediatric palliative care perceived the usefulness of receiving therapeutic letters. The interviews were transcribed verbatim, and using a thematic analysis, a systematic approach to data analysis was completed. Findings: Data analysis resulted in three main themes including Trust in the Future; Strengthening Hope; and Moments of Hope. Findings highlight the positive influence of therapeutic letters including supporting parental hope, facilitating personal inner-strengthening, recognition of parental skills, and promotion of self-efficacy during hospitalization. The themes and related subthemes add value to the existing literature and highlight the need for supportive palliative nursing care aimed at promoting parental hope. Practice Implications: To optimize the value of supporting parental hope, therapeutic letters can be delivered at the time of diagnosis, during times of celebration, and when learning the difficult tasks of daily childcare. Additional research can inform the development of a formal hope-based intervention to provide an evidence base from which to enhance the well-being of parental caregivers of children who have CCCs.
Idioma originalEnglish
Número do artigoe12325
RevistaJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume26
Número de emissão3
DOIs
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - jul 2021

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