Normalization Strategies of Children With Asthma
ABSTRACT Despite understanding the physiologic effects of childhood asthma, less is known about how children perceive living with asthma. We undertook semistructured, in-depth interviews with 11 boys and 11 girls (all aged 11) drawn from a larger ongoing asthma study of Manitoba children born in 1995. All had asthma, as diagnosed by a pediatric allergist. We sought to further understand how children perceive asthma. Children spoke of feeling different and commonly used words such as "pain" and "hurt." We have categorized children's strategies to normalize their lives as (a) minimizing the health impact, (b) stressing normality, (c) emphasizing abilities, (d) making adaptations in daily living, and, (e) managing symptoms with medications. These findings suggest that aspects of other researchers' work regarding normalization efforts of children with various chronic diseases also apply in a chronic condition that is less obvious.
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ABSTRACT: In this study, we explored the lived experiences of children with beta-thalassemia major (β-TM). We considered children as experts on their experiences in contrast to the prevalent approach of asking parents or other adults about children's perspectives. The sample consisted of 12 children aged 8 to12 years. There were two stages to data collection. In Stage 1 we employed two focus group discussions and two role plays and analyzed the data thematically. This directly informed Stage 2, consisting of 12 in-depth interviews subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis. From our findings we show that living with β-TM involves a continuous struggle between feelings of being different and strategies to minimize these differences to strive for normalcy. We suggest that understanding the experiences of living with β-TM from children's perspectives can provide unique insights into their experiences, which can fill the gap in the existing, predominantly adult-oriented research on chronic illness.Qualitative Health Research 09/2014; 25(3). DOI:10.1177/1049732314552663 · 2.19 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) asserts the right of every child to self-determination, dignity, respect, non-interference, and the right to make informed decisions. The provision of quality care in health services tailored to children's preferences means that health professionals have a responsibility to ensure children's rights, and that the child is encouraged and enabled to make his or her view known on issues that affect them. This paper will help illuminate and differentiate between a child perspective and the child's perspective in health care settings. The issues are supported with research which illustrates the different perspectives. Both perspectives are required to perceive and encounter children as equal human beings in child-centred health care settings.Journal of Child Health Care 06/2011; 15(2):99-106. DOI:10.1177/1367493510397624 · 0.97 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The methods for precise and fast determination of thermoelectric cooling and generation module parameters, as well as software and hardware used in the realization of these measurements are described. Absolute measurements of thermal flows by standard heat sources and special-purpose heat flow meters have served the basis of these methods. Gradient screens used for automatic upkeep of desired temperature distribution guarantee the adiabaticity of measurement conditions. The problems of metrological support of measurement process, the accuracy and validity of measurement results have been considered. The variant of concrete software and hardware realization of the above method has been considered. Typical results of cooling and generation module measurements have been given. Comparative analysis has been made with respect to the existing measuring means and the advantages of the above methods have been shown. A set of measuring equipment for precise metrological (1-1.5%) measurement of module parameters and measuring devices for module testing in the process of their production under industrial conditions is describedThermoelectrics, 1998. Proceedings ICT 98. XVII International Conference on; 06/1998