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Survey of bereaved parents.

Authors
  • S Segal
  • M Fletcher
  • W G Meekison
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1986
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Medicine
License
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Abstract

A retrospective study in Vancouver was designed to evaluate parents' perceptions of support received after the death of a child up to 5 years old. The families were contacted with the help of health care professionals and the news media. A standardized questionnaire was used in a personal interview or occasionally by mail. The contact with health care professionals after the child's death was frequently considered by the 61 families not to have been helpful: 80% of the families judged the information or counselling they had received to be inadequate, and over 50% had received none; many listed comments and behaviour that they considered harmful. The families desired both full medical information and grief support; what forms such support could take are suggested.

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