What are the supportive care needs of parents caring for a child diagnosed with Ectodermal Dysplasia : a rare genetic disorder?

Pelentsov, LJ, O'Shaughnessy, PK, Laws, TAC ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8392-1379 and Esterman, AJ 2014, 'What are the supportive care needs of parents caring for a child diagnosed with Ectodermal Dysplasia : a rare genetic disorder?' , International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 7 (1) , pp. 23-29.

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Abstract

Parenting a child with a rare genetic disorder has special difficulties, because diagnosis may be delayed or undetermined, support groups may be small and geographically scattered, and healthcare skills and resources limited. Ectodermal dysplasia (ED) is a lifelimiting condition of the central and peripheral nervous systems. It is associated with significant infant morbidity and mortality, with risks greatest in the first two years of life. For parents caring for a child with ED, this period is often a time of stress and uncertainty. Currently, there is a dearth of literature which reports on the experiences and support needs of parents caring for a child with ED. The aim of this study was to provide an in-depth account of the experiences and supportive care needs of parents caring for a child with ED. A mixed methods design was employed which used focus group data to aid in the development of an internationally distributed Internet survey. Further research into the areas outlined in this study is warranted to expand the knowledge and awareness gaps.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Child Health and Human Development
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
ISSN: 1939-5965
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Depositing User: Dr Tom Laws
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 15:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50162

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