Congenital heart disease: factors influencing parents’ knowledge of their child’s condition
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Congenital heart disease: factors influencing parents’ knowledge of their child’s condition

Sana Amla Staff Nurse, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Jane Chudleigh Reader, child health, City, University of London, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the importance of parental knowledge when caring for a child with congenital heart disease

  • To learn about the factors that influence parental knowledge of congenital heart disease

  • To put into practice techniques for improving parents’ knowledge of congenital heart disease

The extent of parental knowledge is an important factor in the care of children with congenital heart disease (CHD), with research recommending that to achieve optimal care, parents should be appropriately educated in the condition. This literature review aimed to identify the factors that influence parents’ knowledge of their child’s CHD. Relevant databases were searched for literature using appropriate search terms. Thematic analysis identified four common themes in six articles: the educational technique used, the parents’ educational background, effective communication and the source of information. The findings identified a need for improved delivery and communication of parental education.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2021.e1312

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Sana.Amla@city.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Amla S, Chudleigh J (2021) Congenital heart disease: factors influencing parents’ knowledge of their child’s condition. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2021.e1312

Published online: 15 March 2021

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