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14 p.

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Journal of Pediatric Nursing

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doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2007.10.005


Parental preparation for a child's discharge from the hospital sets the stage for successful transitioning to care and recovery at home. In this study of 135 parents of hospitalized children, the quality of discharge teaching, particularly the nurses' skills in “delivery” of parent teaching, was associated with increased parental readiness for discharge, which was associated with less coping difficulty during the first 3 weeks postdischarge. Parental coping difficulty was predictive of greater utilization of posthospitalization health services. These results validate the role of the skilled nurse as a teacher in promoting positive outcomes at discharge and beyond the hospitalization.


Accepted version. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Vol. 23, No. 4 (August 2008): 282-295. DOI. © 2008 Elsevier. Used with permission.

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Pediatric Nursing, VOL 23, ISSUE 4, August 2008, DOI.

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