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Original Research Article

Year: 2019 | Month: March | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 153-158

Assess the Level of Stress among Mothers of Hospitalized Children: A Challenge for Quality Nursing Care

Janula Raju1, Chithra R. A1, Suguna.M2, Amna Hussian Madani1

1Lecturer, Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Science, King Khalid University, Mohayil, KSA.
2Nursing officer, Government Primary Health Center, Muppli, Vilupuram District, Tamilnadu, India.

Corresponding Author: Janula Raju


Background: Hospitalization of a child is often critical event and it cause stress for the family members especially for the mother. In most hospitals there are no action plans or training programs to reduce stress for the parents. This study aimed to assess the level of stress among Mothers of hospitalized children.
Materials & Methods: It was a descriptive study performed on mothers of 40 hospitalized children. The study was conducted at pediatric unit of selected hospitals. Convenient sampling technique was used for collecting data. Data were collected using a two part questionnaire. The first part included the mother’s and the child’s demographic data, the second part of the questions was asking about the stressors.
Results: Most of the Mothers (65%) were reported that the severity of illness and when the child is not able to eat or drink are making them high level of stress. The findings indicated that a significantly strong positive correlation was found to exist between age of child and the level of stress (P=0.554). The findings also indicate a positively strong correlation between duration of hospitalization and the level of stress.
Conclusion: The results of this research indicated that the mothers of hospitalized children were experiencing a variety of stressors. So, health care professionals must plan interventions for mothers to cope with these stressors while their child is hospitalized.

Key words: Stress, Hospitalized children, Quality care, Nursing care.

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