The experiences of mothers caring for a child with severe atopic eczema

Karen Luker, Barbara E. Elliott

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    • Atopic eczema is a relatively common disease which frequently occurs during childhood. • This paper reports the findings of a research study which explored the effects upon family life of caring for a child with severe atopic eczema. • Seventy-seven accounts written by mothers of preschool children with this disease were analysed using qualitative latent content analysis. • The focus of this paper is on the implications of the disease for the mothers' role and the additional work generated by the disease. • The implications of these findings for nursing practice, in particular the work of health visitors and paediatric community nurses, is discussed. • Throughout this paper the term 'nurse' is used to describe both nurses and health visitors. © 1997 Blackwell Science Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)241-247
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1997


    • Childhood atopic eczema
    • Community nursing
    • Mother's role


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