Sarah J Neill

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OBJECTIVE To explore the views of parents and clinicians regarding the optimal content, format and delivery of safety netting information for acute childhood illness. DESIGN Qualitative study including semistructured focus groups and interviews. SETTING First contact care settings, community centres, children's centres and nurseries in the Midlands, UK.(More)
  • Sarah J Neill
  • Journal of child health care : for professionals…
  • 2005
The development of research with children highlights a number of ethical issues for the research process concerning consent, confidentiality and protection from harm. This article aims to analyse the extent to which these issues have been considered within the published guidance for research involving children. Several key principles emerged: there is(More)
This critical review of British literature explores the phenomenon of acute childhood illness at home from the parents' perspective. The Literature was searched using four CD-ROM databases: CINAHL, MEDLINE, ASSIA and PSYCHLIT, augmented by hand searching of current journal issues. Sandelowski's (1995) stages of qualitative data analysis were used to develop(More)
Everyday thousands of children are presented to health care practitioners by concerned parents with the vast majority being simple self-limiting illness. However serious bacterial illness, chronic inflammatory conditions and mental health problems are repeatedly missed with significant morbidity, mortality, financial and social implications. A conceptual(More)
  • Sarah J Neill
  • Journal of child health care : for professionals…
  • 2010
Acute childhood illness is a universal experience for children and families. This paper presents the central process of a Glaserian grounded theory study which explored family management of acute childhood illness at home. Twenty-nine interviews were conducted with 15 families of children 0-9 years of age. Constant comparative analysis generated the(More)
BACKGROUND Acute illness is common in childhood, and it is difficult for healthcare professionals to distinguish seriously ill children from the vast majority with minor or self-limiting illnesses. Safety netting provides parents with advice on when and where to return if their child deteriorates, and it is widely recommended that parents of acutely sick(More)
CONTEXT Acute illness is a universal experience in early childhood. Parents find it difficult to determine whether or not their child requires medical care and seek information to inform their decision making. Little is known about parents' information seeking behaviour and what helps or hinders their decision making. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to explore(More)
BACKGROUND Parents with young children often worry about whether or not to seek medical help for a sick child. Previous research identified parents' anxieties surrounding help seeking from health services but did not explore or explain the underlying psychosocial processes taking place in families at these times. OBJECTIVES This paper presents findings(More)
Uncertainty and anxiety surround parents' decisions to seek medical help for an acutely ill child. Consultation rates for children are rising, yet little is known about factors that influence parents' help-seeking behaviours. We used focus groups and interviews to examine how 27 parents of children under five years, from a range of socioeconomic groups in(More)