Child-parent shared decision making about asthma management
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Child-parent shared decision making about asthma management

Victoria Garnett Lecturer in health, University of Bolton
Joanna Smith Lecturer in children’s nursing, University of Leeds
Paula Ormandy Professor of long-term conditions research, University of Salford

Transferring responsibility for asthma management-decisions from parent to child is a shifting, not a linear, process

Aim To explore and describe child-parent shared decision making for the management of childhood asthma.

Methods A qualitative, descriptive, interview-based study was undertaken. Eight children and nine parents participated. The framework approach underpinned data analysis.

Findings A dynamic model of the way children and parents transfer, shift and share asthma management decisions was uncovered. Asthma management decisions between children and parents were non-linear, with responsibility transferring from parent to child under different conditions. Children made a range of decisions about their asthma, often sharing decisions with their parents. However, during acute illness episodes, children often relied on parents to make decisions about their asthma.

Conclusion Neither the child nor parent has complete autonomy over asthma management decisions. Decision making is a dynamic, shifting and shared process, dependent on contextual factors and child and parent decision preferences.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 4,16-22. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.4.16.s20


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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 27 August 2015

Accepted: 16 November 2015