Family Stress in Pediatric Critical Care

Hagstrom, S. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Published online: 21 November 2016



  • Separation was a primary source of stress for mothers with children at home.
  • The child’s illness and its potential effect on the future added to family stress.
  • Despite being told what to expect, families did not feel prepared for changes.
  • Parents reported a relationship between stress and uncertainty about the outcome.
  • Family context must be considered when assessing the stress of PICU hospitalization.

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