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Sobotka SA, Lynch E, Quinn MT
Unmet respite needs of children with medical technology dependence.
Children with medical technology dependency (MTD) require a medical device to compensate for a vital body function and substantial nursing care. As such, they require constant high-level supervision. Respite care provides caregivers with a temporary break, and is associated with reduced stress; however, there are often barriers. The study utilizes mixed methodology with the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) and semistructured interviews with state-wide care coordinators to understand the gap for respite care services.
Citation: Sobotka SA, Lynch E, Quinn MT . Unmet respite needs of children with medical technology dependence. Clin Pediatr 2019 Oct;58(11-12):1175-86. doi: 10.1177/0009922819870251..
Keywords: Children/Adolescents, Medical Devices, Disabilities, Caregiving, Home Healthcare, Care Coordination