Parental experiences of raising a child with medium chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase deficiency

PIERCY, Hilary, MACHACZEK, Katarzyna, ALI, Parveen and YAP, Sufin (2017). Parental experiences of raising a child with medium chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase deficiency. Global Qualitative Nursing research, 4, 1-8.

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Newborn screening enabling early diagnosis of medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) has dramatically improved health outcomes in children with MCADD. Achieving those outcomes depends on effective management by parents. Understanding parental management strategies and associated anxieties and concerns is needed to inform provision of appropriate care and support. Semi structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of parents of children aged two to twelve years. Thematic analysis identified two main themes. Managing dietary intake examined how parents managed day-to-day dietary intake to ensure adequate intake and protection of safe fasting intervals. Managing and preventing illness events explored parental experiences of managing illness events and their approach to preventing these events. Management strategies were characterised by caution and vigilance and influenced by a lack of confidence in others to manage the condition. The study identifies the need for increased awareness of the condition, particularly in relation to emergency treatment.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1177/2333393617707080
Depositing User: Hilary Piercy
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 10:58
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 15:17

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