Volume 15, Issue 9 (February 2013)                   J Arak Uni Med Sci 2013, 15(9): 28-40 | Back to browse issues page

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Jadidi R A, Hekmatpou D, Eghbali A, Memari F. The experiences of parents of children with leukemia: A qualitative research. J Arak Uni Med Sci. 2013; 15 (9) :28-40
URL: http://amuj.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-1604-en.html
Assistant Professor Arak University of Medical Sciences , jadidi88@gmail.com
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Background: Leukemia, due to its widespread prevalence, high mortality rate, high treatment expenses, and long hospital stay, influences the families and their children to a great extent. This study was done to explore the experiences of parents whose children suffer from leukemia. Materials and Methods: Using qualitative research approach with applying content analysis method, 22 participants were interviewed in two teaching hospitals during 2 months. The study started by purposive sampling and continued by a theoretical one till data saturation. The obtained data were constantly analyzed through content analysis method. Results: Data analysis showed that “finding no solution in life, having a lot of problems, errors in treatment, concealing the illness, faith in God, parents’ devotion, hospital facilities, and consistency were the level 3 codes of parents’ experiences and “parents’ reaching a dead-end in life” was the main theme or core category of this study. Conclusion: Using a qualitative approach for exploring the experiences of parents with a child suffering from blood cancer helped recognize them more profoundly than quantitative methods. On the other hand, “parents’ reaching a dead-end in life” as the theme shows the importance of attention to parents’ problems. Using these experiences can increase hope among parents and help conduct the treatment more effectively.
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Type of Study: Qulitative | Subject: Pediatrics
Received: 2012/03/31 | Accepted: 2012/08/1

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