Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Heartbreak and loneliness due to family separations and limited visiting during COVID-19: A qualitative study
Author(s): Tsui, Zoe Wai King 
Yip, Ka Huen 
Yip, Jeffrey Yuk Chiu 
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: MDPI
Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 
Volume: 20
Issue: 2
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the healthcare system. In the pediatric unit, stress, uncertainty, and many unexpected challenges for many parents were frequently reported. Research has shown that parents had less contact with their children during the pandemic due to hospital restrictions. However, it is unknown how parents perceived their experiences in a pediatric unit. This study aimed to describe the lived experiences of parents who had a child in the pediatric unit during the pandemic. A qualitative descriptive approach was used to investigate parents’ experiences of having children admitted to the pediatric unit during the pandemic in Hong Kong. Eight Chinese parents participated in the interview. Three major themes emerged: (1) parents’ pediatric ward experiences during COVID-19 were emotionally isolating and overwhelming, (2) the family and family-centered care were disrupted, and (3) interactions with pediatric providers intensified or alleviated emotional distress. Integrating the above themes of experiences of emotional distress was the main characteristic of the parents’ experiences during the pandemic. Therefore, policymakers should understand the lived experiences of parents of children diagnosed with COVID-19 and should make prompt decisions to deal with both parental concerns and safety issues.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20021633
CIHE Affiliated Publication: Yes
Appears in Collections:HS Publication

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
View Online87 BHTMLView/Open
SFX Query Show full item record

Google ScholarTM




Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.