Unge pårørende en sårbar men ofte tavs gruppe

Sarah Midtgård Grau, Anita Haahr

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Research has revealed the impact of having seriously ill parents is a stressful time for the adolescents and the young adult. This can have social and psychological consequences that interfere with their development. Currently the Danish health care system does not provide any systematic attention to how nurses can support and understand the young relatives of seriously ill or dying parents. The aim of this study is to gain knowledge about the challenges that nurses are confronted with in the hospital sector in regards to supporting and assisting the young relatives cope with a seriously ill or dying parent, as well as gain insight into how nurses can assume responsibility in helping and supporting them.
Method and findings: One focus group interview with hospital nurses was done. A hermeneutic inspired interpretation revealed three major themes about the challenges the nurses were faced with in helping and supporting the relatives “ the young relatives a closed group - “family structures in the affected family” – the family love shield” “nurses responsibility”- “unshaky ground but not unprofessional”.
Conclusion: By increasing attention to the factors that prevent nurses from engaging in a more systematically approach for the families can reduce random support from nurses and get the nurses and other health professionals to assume a more active role in providing the necessary support and assistance for these families
Original languageDanish
JournalKlinisk sygepleje
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)47-58
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • disease, health science and nursing

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