When a child is diagnosed with diabetes the whole family is affected. The effect of the illness often means drastically changes to their daily life. The aim of this study has been to describe the experiences of the parents´ having a child fallen ill with diabetes. The study has been done as a general literature study. The procedure has been to systematically search, critically investigate and summarise results from different studies made on the chosen area of subject. In the combination of the results one could identify different categories based on the experiences of the parents. These categories describe the parents´ experiences of having the feeling of: worry and fear, constant stress, need of support and information, how to handle the situation and also the experience of a changed way of living when a child in the family falls ill with diabetes. The frame work of the results, which also is discussed in this study, is that a good communication between the nurse and the parents contributes to the parents´ experience of the medical attendance being more positive and less troublesome. The nurse can by giving good and correct information create the feeling of safety within the family. This can contribute to the family feeling capable of handling its situation and to give hope for the future.
- Medicin och hälsovetenskap (3)