Mothers’ experiences of caring for their children with liver transplantation: From sorrow to new determination

Sooyoung Kim, Sook Jung Kang

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This study aims to understand mothers’ dynamic experiences of caring for their children with liver transplant. A descriptive phenomenological qualitative approach was applied to this study. A total of seven mothers participated in this study. Data were collected from April 2020 to June 2020 through face-to-face interviews. Data analysis was performed using Giorgi’s phenomenological method. By grouping general meaning units, 8 themes and 19 subthemes were derived. Eight themes are as follows: sorrow and distress of accepting a child’s diagnosis; difficulties in deciding to undergo liver transplantation; negative emotions before and after transplant; the support system before and after liver transplantation; achieving a sense of trust toward healthcare providers; new concerns about the child’s life after undergoing liver transplantation; appreciation of the experience; and new determination and expectations for future life. This study can contribute to the guideline that describes the role and daily life experiences of caregiving for other parents whose children undergo liver transplantation and nurses who work with impacted families. Healthcare providers can refer to the results to provide liver transplantation childcare and hospital-based support groups for child’s family to improve nurses’ communication skills.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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  • Caregivers
  • comprehension
  • liver transplantation
  • mothers
  • pediatrics


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