Self-efficacy in managing chronic respiratory disease: parents' experiences
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Introduction: The aim of this study was to explore parent’s sense of self-efficacy and the experiences that impact on this in relation to the management of their child’s chronic respiratory disease. Design: A qualitative study using a general inductive approach was taken. Method: Semi-structured interviews with 23 parents were completed and thematic analysis employed to generate categories and themes. Results: Parents described self-efficacy as important in their ability to maintain daily management of their child’s health. The greatest impact on self-efficacy was an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Parents described an enduring sense of responsibility through ongoing vigilance and adherence to medical regimes. Discussion: In order for parents to maintain self-efficacy in their care giving role, health professionals need an understanding of how best to support them to manage the sense of responsibility they experience.