Supporting bereaved parents: a phenomenological study of a telephone intervention programme in a paediatric oncology unit

Philip Darbyshire, Alexandra Cleghorn, Maeve Downes, Joanna Elford, Anne Gannoni, Cheryl McCullagh, Rosalyn Shute

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This study sought to discover bereaved parents perspectives and experiences of a nurse-led, ward-based, telephone support programme in a children s oncology unit. Background. Parental grief is especially intense and long-lasting, and many parents can experience serious psychological problems. The oncology team learned that some parents felt forgotten or abandoned following their child s death and addressed this concern by initiating and subsequently evaluating a telephone bereavement support programme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540 - 549
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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