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Skype Support for Preschool Children with Long-Term Illness—One Year Follow-Up*

Journal article
Authors Margaretha Jenholt Nolbris
Agneta Simeonsdotter Svensson
Anna-Lena Hellström
Published in Psychology Research
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 69-78
ISSN 2159-5542
Publication year 2016
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Pediatrics
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 69-78
Language en
Keywords children, health promotion, long-term illness, malformation, person-centered care, paediatric urology,
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Health Sciences


Aims and objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate support in daily life, in terms of one-year outcomes of a person-centered web-based programme. Background: Children with a chronic disease are at risk of ill health. In school they are vulnerable as they differ from the other children. The united nation convention on the rights of the child awards them rights concerning the promotion of their health and wellbeing. Design: Descriptive qualitative design. Methods: The study was conducted from 2014-2015. Open questions were used in Skype conversations between children and web teachers (a mean of 12 conversations per child). Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis Results. The web-preschool was found to support the ability to understand, reflect, discuss and find tools dealing with different situations. Sense of coherence was important. The development of verbal and communication skills was clear. The programme included images, narration and two-way Skype communication between child and web-teacher with the possibility of offering flexible support depending on needs. Conclusion: The web-based programme offered support in daily life for the participants—children aged 3-7 years with long-term illnesses.

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