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Title: I have to Turn Myself Inside Out”: Caring for Immigrant Families of Children With Asthma
Authors: Dalheim Englund, Ann-Charlotte
Rydström, Ingela
Department: University of Borås. School of Health Sciences
Issue Date: May-2012
Journal Title: Clinical Nursing Research
ISSN: 1054-7738
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
Pages: 224-242
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Media type: text
Publication type: article, peer reviewed scientific
Keywords: asthma
health care settings
speciality clinics
Subject Category: Subject categories::Medical and Health Sciences::Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology::Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology::Family Medicine
Strategic Research Area: Integrated nursing science
Abstract: In multicultural societies, health care professionals encounter immigrant families of children with asthma. They play an important role in supporting these families, but few studies have focused on this phenomenon. The aim of the present study is to gain a broader understanding of the challenges health care professionals face in their encounters with non-Western immigrant parents of children with asthma. Seventeen professional caregivers were interviewed, and their narratives were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The results show that health care professionals’ main challenges when encountering immigrant parents can be described by the theme, “Turning oneself inside out.” This theme is characterized by five categories: gender and professional issues, impact on professional relationships, communication challenges, unfamiliar disease and treatment perceptions, and time issues. The results highlight the importance of providing health care professionals with support and organizational conditions that increase opportunities to understand the unique situation of these families
Description: The authors want to thank the professional caregivers for participating in this study. We also want to thank Allergy Consultant Elisabeth Holmner, Department of Pediatrics, Malmö University Hospital, Sweden. The research was supported by grants from The Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association and Signhild Engkvist Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
DOI: 10.1177/1054773812438915
Sustainable development: sustainable development
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