The child’s experience of single room isolation: a literature review
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The child’s experience of single room isolation: a literature review

Donna Austin Clinical academic staff nurse, University Hospital Southampton
Jacqui Prieto Senior clinical academic research fellow, University of Southampton
Helen Rushforth Lecturer in health sciences, University of Southampton

Donna Austin and colleagues find that more information is needed on young patients’ perspectives of isolation in hospital

Studies have shown that people who require single room isolation while in hospital often feel lonely, sad, worried, bored and in need of information. A literature review identified only 16 papers reporting on the child’s experience of isolation. Findings indicate that children feel lonely, are scared of the personal protective equipment and feel bored. Patients’ parents feel guilty, worried and under increased pressure to visit their children. It is also suggested that isolation may affect child development.

Nursing Children and Young People. 25, 3, 18-24. doi: 10.7748/ncyp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 March 2012

Accepted: 05 September 2012

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