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Mothers of ill children experienced uncertainty before asthma was diagnosed in their children

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Question What are the experiences of mothers of ill children before asthma is diagnosed in their children?


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{Georgia}*, USA.


12 English speaking mothers of European (n=9) and African descent (n=3) who had 15 children with asthma (age range 6–18 y) and 8 healthy children (age range 3–9 y). There were 3 single parent families, 1 extended family, and 8 nuclear families. 3 families had 1 child each, 7 families had 2 children each, and 2 families had 3 children each. The children with asthma began experiencing symptoms during the first year of life.


3 60–90 minute interviews were conducted in the families' homes. An item, tell me how all of this began for you, was added to the questionnaire before the second round of interviews and yielded rich data. The interviews were audiotaped and transcribed within 1 week. Transcribed interviews …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For article reprint: Dr S D Horner, University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, 1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701–1499, USA.

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