Danish parents' experiences when their new born or critically ill small child is transferred to the PICU-a qualitative study

Nurs Crit Care. Mar-Apr 2005;10(2):90-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1362-1017.2005.00096.x.


The aim of this study was to describe Danish parents' experiences when their newborn or small child was critically ill. Thirteen parents were interviewed. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The child's transfer to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) meant either help or death for the parents. The back transfer was experienced as joy and despair. The parents had confidence in most nurses, and they were kind, helpful, informative and capable. Less capable and distressed nurses made the parents feel uncomfortable and insecure. Parents need help and support during their child's transfer to and from the PICU. Critical care nurses have to discuss the policy of family-centred care.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Denmark
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Pediatric*
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Patient Transfer*
  • Professional-Family Relations