Mental health and well-being of parents caring for a ventilator-dependent child
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Mental health and well-being of parents caring for a ventilator-dependent child

Julianne Lee Lead nurse in community children’s services, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
Fiona Lynn Lecturer in maternal and child health, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

An integrative literature review was undertaken to determine the social and emotional effects on the mental health and well-being of parents of children requiring long-term ventilation at home. Six studies were included. Recurrent themes reported in the literature included lack of formal and informal support, financial adversity, limited access to respite care and feelings of social isolation. These themes were associated with depressive symptoms and were consistently reported to have a negative effect on parental mental health and well-being. Healthcare professionals have a part to play in improving parents' coping skills, resilience and resourcefulness to help reduce adverse social and emotional effects on their mental health and well-being.

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 5, 33-40. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e844


Peer review

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

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 August 2016

Accepted: 13 January 2017

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