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Take the Challenge: Strategies to Improve Support for Parents of Chronically Ill Children

Newton, Kimberly RN, NP, MN; Lamarche, Kimberley RN, NP, DNP

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e318252c3d5
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Parents of children with chronic illnesses experience tremendous burden when caring for their children at home. There are many challenges that are present throughout the course of chronic illnesses. To provide better care to the family caring for an ill child at home, clinicians must understand the experiences family members go through on a daily basis. The purpose of this article is to help clinicians better understand these parental experiences; by increasing clinicians' awareness, strategies can then be used, which will improve the outcome for the child, parents, and siblings.

Kimberly Newton, RN, NP, MN, is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Primary Health Care Clinic, Tatamagouche, Canada, and a Sessional Instructor, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada.

Kimberley Lamarche, RN, NP, DNP, is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner at the Canadaian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Canada, and is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Kimberley Lamarche, RN, NP, DNP, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada T9S 3A3 (lamarche@athabascau.ca).

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.