Thriving alongside cystic fibrosis: Developing a grounded theory of empowerment in children and young people with cystic fibrosis during key life transitions
Fairweather, N. H., Jones, F. W., Harris, S. A., Deiros Collado, M. and Shayle, A. 2021. Thriving alongside cystic fibrosis: Developing a grounded theory of empowerment in children and young people with cystic fibrosis during key life transitions. Child: Care, Health and Development. 47 (4), pp. 487-493. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12860
|Authors||Fairweather, N. H., Jones, F. W., Harris, S. A., Deiros Collado, M. and Shayle, A.|
Background: Although the importance of patient empowerment is increasingly recognized, little is known about empowerment in children and young people (CYP) with long-term conditions. Empowerment may be particularly important in CYP with cystic fibrosis (CF) due to high treatment burden and limited opportunities for peer support.
Methods: A Grounded Theory method was employed to develop a preliminary theory of empowerment in CYP with CF. Seven CYP with CF, five parents and four professionals were interviewed.
Results and conclusions: The emerging model suggests that ‘thriving alongside CF’ may be supported by interactions between ‘having a team’ and ‘taking charge and having a voice’, leading to ‘being able to just be a child’, that ‘concealing self’ may get in the way of ‘thriving alongside CF’ and that these processes occur within wider medical and developmental contexts. Study limitations, clinical and research implications are discussed.
|Keywords||Children; Adolescents ; Empowerment; Cystic Fibrosis|
|Journal||Child: Care, Health and Development|
|Journal citation||47 (4), pp. 487-493|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12860|
|Online||27 Feb 2021|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||21 Feb 2021|
|Deposited||11 Mar 2021|
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