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Effects of Separation on Families During Hospitalization.


PB2008110090

Publication Date 2002
Personal Author Agazio, J. G.; Ephraim, P.; Flaherty, N.; Gurney, C.
Page Count 100
Abstract Regionalization of health services is fast becoming the most economical means of offering comprehensive care. Families are more frequently required to travel to regional medical centers to receive special testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Hospitalization under these circumstances can result in separation from the remaining family over an extended period. If the remaining parent is unable to cope or manage family demands, this separation may in turn have a detrimental impact on the entire family and its functioning. The purpose of this study was to identify the stressors associated with family separations during the circumstances of medical evaluation or treatment outside a family's local area, the coping mechanisms and resources used by families to mediate these stressors, and the effects of the separation on family functioning. The design for this study was a prospective, two-group comparison using methodological triangulation and testing of a hypothesized model.
Keywords
  • Stressors
  • Family separations
  • Hospitalization
  • Regional medical centers
  • Travel
  • Medical evaluation
  • Treatment
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Resources
  • Family functioning
Source Agency
  • TriService Nursing Research Program/Uniform Services Univ. of the Health Sciences
Corporate Authors Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.; TriService Nursing Research Program, Bethesda, MD.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by TriService Nursing Research Program, Bethesda, MD.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept., 1 Sep 95-1 Aug 98.
NTIS Issue Number 200818
Effects of Separation on Families During Hospitalization.
Effects of Separation on Families During Hospitalization.
PB2008110090

  • Stressors
  • Family separations
  • Hospitalization
  • Regional medical centers
  • Travel
  • Medical evaluation
  • Treatment
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Resources
  • Family functioning
  • TriService Nursing Research Program/Uniform Services Univ. of the Health Sciences
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