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Sleep Deprivation is an Additional Stress for Parents Staying in Hospital


McCann, DE, Sleep Deprivation is an Additional Stress for Parents Staying in Hospital, Journal for Specialist in Paediatric Nursing, 13, (2) pp. 111-122. ISSN 1539-0136 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00142.x


PURPOSE. This study aims to describe the sleep experience of parents staying overnight with their children in hospital. DESIGN AND METHODS. Parents (n = 102) completed the Verran and Snyder-Halpern Sleep Scale following a night spent with their children in an Australian tertiary pediatric hospital. RESULTS. Parents experienced sleep deprivation and poor quality of sleep, reporting a mean sleep period of 4.6 hr (SD = 2.1). Having only one child in the room was the only variable that significantly influenced the quality or amount of parental sleep. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Parental sleep deprivation needs to be acknowledged and accommodated when nurses and parents negotiate the care of children in hospital. © 2008 Blackwell Publishing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Paediatrics
Research Field:Paediatrics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:McCann, DE (Ms Damhnat McCann)
ID Code:55306
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2009-03-08
Last Modified:2009-05-04

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