Stress and coping of parents of pediatric heart transplant patients and parents of pediatric patients with chronic heart disease a comparative study implications for health care providers

Katherine Jo Greshik
This descriptive study (1) identified and compared the stress levels and coping mechanisms of 24 parents of pediatric heart transplant patients and pediatric patients with chronic heart disease and, (2) identified ways health care providers can assist these parents in the coping process. Both groups of parents frequently reported stress involving the family. There was no difference between the groups concerning stress. Increased stress was found in families from rural areas and families with adolescents....
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