Parents' experiences of healthcare provider actions when their child dies: An integrative review of the literature Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE: To review, critique and synthesise current research studies that examine parental perceptions of healthcare provider actions during and after the death of a child. CONCLUSIONS: Five main themes were synthesised from the literature: staff attitudes and affect; follow-up care and ongoing contact; communication; attending to the parents; and continuity of care. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: This review helps to identify important aspects of paediatric end-of-life care as recognised by parents, with the intention of placing the family at the centre of any future end-of-life care education or policy/protocol development.

publication date

  • 2015