Chronic Childhood Illness: A Nursing Health-Promotion Model for Rehabilitation in the Community

Authors

  • Beryl K. Broughton MSN RN C CRRN,

    Member, Corresponding author
    1. Pediatrics Faculty in the Division of Nursing at Holy Family College in Philadelphia
      118 Watergate, Maple Shade, NJ 08052
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  • Nancy Lutner MSN RN CRRN

    Clinical Staff Nurse
    1. Thomas Jefferson University Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia
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118 Watergate, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Abstract

In this article, the authors present a cultural model for community practice, which can be used by an interdisciplinary healthcare team caring for children in the community. Its focus is on rehabilitation issues related to the patient and the family members who are coping with a child who has a disability related to chronic illness. The need for culturally sensitive care that empowers the patient and the family and that brings the healthcare team and the community together is stressed. The current healthcare situation of many poor Americans in urban areas also is discussed, along with creative strategies for nurse-managed, advanced practice interventions.

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