Journal article

Effect of a Videoconference-Based Online Group Intervention for Traumatic Stress in Parents of Children With Life-threatening Illness A Randomized Clinical Trial

Frank Muscara, Maria C McCarthy, Meredith Rayner, Jan M Nicholson, Anica Dimovski, Laura McMillan, Stephen JC Hearps, Jackie Yamada, Kylie Burke, Robyn Walser, Vicki A Anderson

JAMA NETWORK OPEN | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Importance: A substantial proportion of parents whose child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness experience high levels of distress that can lead to long-term mental health difficulties. This can affect the child's recovery. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of an acceptance and commitment therapy-based group intervention, delivered using videoconferencing, in reducing posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in these parents. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study was a randomized clinical trial of an intervention for parents with elevated acute stress symptoms. It was a single-site study conducted in a tertiary pediatric hospital in Australia. Parents of children aged 0 to 18 ..

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