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Title: PARENTAL EXPERIENCES WHILE WAITING FOR CHILDREN UNDERGOING SURGERY: A DESCRIPTIVE QUALITATIVE STUDY
Authors: HUI WEN JING
Keywords: Child
Experience
Paediatric Surgery
Parents
Waiting
Singapore
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: HUI WEN JING (2019-05-25). PARENTAL EXPERIENCES WHILE WAITING FOR CHILDREN UNDERGOING SURGERY: A DESCRIPTIVE QUALITATIVE STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: For a parent, the wait during their child’s surgery can be unsettling. This wait is often plagued by anxiety as they worry about the outcome of the surgery. However, very limited studies have focus on parents’ experiences and needs during this period. Aim: To explore the experiences and needs of parents while waiting for their child undergoing surgery. Methods: A descriptive qualitative study was conducted. A purposive sample of 11 parents having their first experience waiting during their 16-years-old and lower children’s surgery, was recruited from the paediatric surgical ward of a tertiary public hospital in Singapore from November 2018 to January 2019. A semi-structured interview guide was used for the individual face-to-face interviews with the parents in the ward after surgery. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings: Four themes were identified: “Care and care provision related factors affecting waiting experience”, “Parental and surgery related factors affecting waiting experience”, “Coping strategies used during waiting period” and “Recommendations for the improvement of waiting experience”. Pre-operative instructions, professionalism of medical team and the lack of timely updates affected parental experience. Parents were naturally worried. The complexity and types of surgery influenced how they felt. Their concerns included potential complications, surgical outcomes, anaesthesia-related side effects and post-operative care including pain. They spent their waiting time eating, resting, using their smart devices and coped with a support system. Environmental improvements, more updates and mobile applications were recommended. Conclusion and Implications: Our results give insights into the experience and needs of parents during the waiting time of their child’s surgery. These findings can guide the improvement of current practice using various strategies based on our evidence or development of new technology-based interventions to provide a better waiting experience for parents during their children’s surgery and enhance the quality of their hospital experience.
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