Meltzer et al. - 2010 - ‘I don’t know how we coped before’: a study of respite care for children in the home and hospice

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Meltzer et al.




 United States


 Journal Article – Quasi-Experimental


 A home-care program that provides case management, advocacy, education, counseling, and respite nursing care with a specific focus on night time provision

Key Notes/Findings:

  • Overall, less night support was associated with shorter sleep and more negative moods with implications for daytime caregiving capacities
  • It was clinically notable that families who received more than 48 hours of night nursing per week slept on average almost 1 hour more than other families.
  • Problems related to night coverage were identified, with frequent cancellations or no show among issues causing disturbances to parents’ sleep patterns



Meltzer LJ, Boroughs DS, Downes JJ. The Relationship Between Home Nursing Coverage, Sleep, and Daytime Functioning in Parents of Ventilator-Assisted Children. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2010 Aug;25(4):250–7. Available from:


Key Notes/Findings extracted with permission from:

Edelstein H, Schippke J, Sheffe S, Kingsnorth S. Children with medical complexity: a scoping review of interventions to support caregiver stress. Child Care Health Dev [Internet]. 2016 Nov 29 [cited 2016 Dec 5]; Available from:

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