Skype Support for Preschool Children with Long-Term Illness—One Year Follow-Up-David Publishing Company
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Margaretha Jenholt Nolbris, Agneta Simeonsdotter Svensson, Anna-Lena Hellström

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The Centre for Person-Centered Care (GPCC); The Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg; The Centre for Children’s Right to Health, Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden The Centre for Person-Centered Care (GPCC); Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden et al.

ABSTRACT

Aims and objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate support in daily life, in terms of one-year outcomes of a person-centered web-based programme. Background: Children with a chronic disease are at risk of ill health. In school they are vulnerable as they differ from the other children. The united nation convention on the rights of the child awards them rights concerning the promotion of their health and wellbeing. Design: Descriptive qualitative design. Methods: The study was conducted from 2014-2015. Open questions were used in Skype conversations between children and web teachers (a mean of 12 conversations per child). Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis Results. The web-preschool was found to support the ability to understand, reflect, discuss and find tools dealing with different situations. Sense of coherence was important. The development of verbal and communication skills was clear. The programme included images, narration and two-way Skype communication between child and web-teacher with the possibility of offering flexible support depending on needs. Conclusion: The web-based programme offered support in daily life for the participants—children aged 3-7 years with long-term illnesses.

KEYWORDS

children, health promotion, long-term illness, malformation, person-centered care, paediatric urology, Skype

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Margaretha Jenholt Nolbris, Agneta Simeonsdotter Svensson, & Anna-Lena Hellström. (2016). Skype Support for Preschool Children with Long-Term Illness—One Year Follow-Up. Psychology Research, 6(2), 69-78.

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