ADHD and Everyday Life: Healthcare as a Significant Lifeline.

Research paper by Britt B Laugesen, Marlene Briciet MB Lauritsen, Rikke R Jørgensen, Erik Elgaard EE Sørensen, Mette M Grønkjær, Philippa P Rasmussen

Indexed on: 22 Jul '17Published on: 22 Jul '17Published in: Journal of Pediatric Nursing


The aim of this qualitative study was to explore parental experiences of how healthcare practices and healthcare professionals in hospital clinics in Denmark influence everyday life of parents with a child with ADHD.The methodology was focused ethnography. Participant observation and interviews were used as the primary data collection methods. Fifteen families of children with ADHD were included from somatic and psychiatric hospital clinics.Three main themes emerged from the experiences of the families: When the house of cards collapses in everyday life, Treading water before and after receiving the ADHD diagnosis, and Healthcare as a significant lifeline.Accessibility to healthcare, trusting relationships and healthcare professionals recognizing how ADHD pervades all aspects of everyday life appear to be important factors in providing a lifeline for parents to help them regain confidence and control in disruptive phases. The parents depend on help from healthcare professionals and family-centred care to manage the complex challenges in everyday life.