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The experiences of mothers caring for a child with severe atopic eczema

Elliott, Barbara E.; Luker, Karen


Barbara E. Elliott

Karen Luker


Atopic eczema is a relatively common disease which frequently occurs during childhood.

This paper reports the findings of a research study which explored the effects upon family life of caring for a child with severe atopic eczema.

Seventy‐seven accounts written by mothers of preschool children with this disease were analysed using qualitative latent content analysis.

The focus of this paper is on the implications of the disease for the mothers' role and the additional work generated by the disease.

The implications of these findings for nursing practice, in particular the work of health visitors and paediatric community nurses, is discussed.

Throughout this paper the term ‘nurse’ is used to describe both nurses and health visitors.


Elliott, B. E., & Luker, K. (1997). The experiences of mothers caring for a child with severe atopic eczema. Journal of clinical nursing, 6(3), (241-247). doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.1997.tb00310.x. ISSN 0962-1067

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 1996
Online Publication Date Dec 18, 2007
Publication Date 1997-05
Journal Journal of Clinical Nursing
Print ISSN 0962-1067
Electronic ISSN 1365-2702
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Pages 241-247
Keywords Childhood atopic eczema; Community nursing; Mother's role
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