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This qualitative research study aimed to explore the suffering of mothers who gave birth to low birth weight infants. The participants consisted of 24 mothers with low birth weight infants who were hospitalized in newborn care units at regional public hospitals in Eastern Thailand. An in-depth interview with open-ended questions was used to collect data. Qualitative content analysis was conducted for data analysis. The findings revealed 5 themes of mother’s suffering including, 1) mother’s suffering characteristics: anxiety/stress, sadness, sleeplessness, and no appetite; 2) causes of mothers’ suffering: fear of complications and death of infants; 3) factors affecting mothers’ suffering: the health condition of infants, and family support, 4) the means to reduce suffering: creating hope, making merit, praying, and accepting the infant’s condition; and 5) outcomes of reducing suffering: living with suffering, reduced suffering, and having hope. The findings enhance understanding about mother’s suffering. Nurses or other health care providers could develop nursing interventions for reducing suffering based on these findings.
บทความและรายงานวิจัยในวารสารพยาบาลกระทรวงสาธารณสุข เป็นความคิดเห็นของ ผู้เขียน มิใช่ของคณะผู้จัดทำ และมิใช่ความรับผิดชอบของสมาคมศิษย์เก่าพยาบาลกระทรวงสาธารณสุข ซึ่งสามารถนำไปอ้างอิงได้
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