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Characteristics and role of the parental supporter during paediatric resuscitation: an opportunity for paediatric nurses to improve parental experience
  1. Susan M Chapman
  1. Medical Directors Office, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Susan M Chapman, Medical Directors Office, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; Sue.Chapman{at}

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Commentary on: Ghavi A, Hassankhani H, Meert KL. Parental supporter in pediatric resuscitation: A mixed-method study with Delphi and analytic hierarchy process. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2023 Nov 29. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12947. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38031298.

Implications for practice and research

  • Parental presence during resuscitation is widely recommended, despite a lack of empirical evidence to guide its implementation.

  • This study explores the characteristics and role of the parental supporter and provides an evidence-based foundation to develop this role in clinical practice.


International guidelines on paediatric resuscitation support parental presence during resuscitation.1 To ensure their needs are met, parents need dedicated support during their child’s resuscitation, whether they are present or not. Resuscitation is a stressful and potentially life-changing time for parents; however, there is little empirical evidence on who and how parental support should be provided. The aim of this study was to describe characteristics and roles of parental supporters during and after paediatric resuscitation. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.