Experiences of Australian parents caring for children with asthma: it gets easier.
Christopher Barton, Nabil Sulaiman, David Clarke, Michael Abramson
Chronic Illn | Published : 2005
OBJECTIVE: To describe the experiences of Australian parents caring for children with asthma. METHODS: A combination of random sampling, purposeful sampling and quota sampling was used to select care-givers from general practices in Melbourne's north and north-western suburbs. Data collection involved a single semi-structured in-depth interview with 21 parents caring for a child with asthma. Thematic analysis was aided by QSR NVivo. RESULTS: Children experienced predominantly mild-to-moderate, episodic asthma. Six themes emerged from the interviews: emotions and behaviours, coping strategies, disruption to activities, health and treatment beliefs, problems with asthma management, and relatio..View full abstract