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Nhan đề: Family impact of Rotavirus Gastroenteritis in Taiwan and Vietnam: an Ethnographic Study
Tác giả: O’Brien, Megan A.
Farreras, Sònia Rojas
Lee, Hung Chang
Lin, Lung Huang
Từ khoá: Rotavirus infection
Family impact
Ethnographic study
Focus groups
Economic impact
Năm xuất bản: 23-Jun-2015
Tùng thư/Số báo cáo: ;pp. 1 - 9
Tóm tắt: Background:Prior to the introduction of rotavirus vaccines, rotavirus was the leadingcause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children, and it continues to be the leading cause in countries without vaccination programs. Rotavirus gastroenteritis results in substantial economic burden and has a pronounced effect on the family of those who are ill. Both in Taiwan and in Vietnam, rotavirus illness is viewed as a priority disease. This study assessed, in Taiwan and Vietnam, the impact of rotavirus gastroenteritis on the family among a group of parents whose children had recently been hospitalized for this illness. Methods:In the first half of 2013, parents of children who had been hospitalized due to rotavirus infection were recruited from hospitals in Taiwan (n= 12) and Vietnam (n= 22), and participated in focus group sessions or in-depth ethnographic interviews. Results:In both countries, the results point to a substantial burden on the parents concerning emotions and logistics of daily tasks, and to considerable disruptions of the family routine. Taiwanese parents reported satisfaction with the health care system, a great deal of effort to suppress emotions, a fair amount of knowledge about rotavirus, and little extra costs related to the illness. On the other hand, parents in Vietnam expressed concern about the emotional well-being of and the health care treatments for their children, were less knowledgeable regarding rotavirus infection, and experienced a substantial financial burden due to indirect costs that were related to accessing treatment. Conclusions:Families in Taiwan and Vietnam suffer from a considerable economic and emotional burden related to rotavirus gastroenteritis. One way to substantially reduce this burden is to provide universal and affordable rotavirus vaccination to susceptible children, especially since cost-effectiveness studies have demonstrated that universal vaccination would be safe and efficacious against severe rotavirus gastroenteritis in these countries
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