Developing a storybook package for bereaved siblings: A pilot study of the effectiveness for enhancing the perceived knowledge and confidence of health and social care professionals in Hong Kong

Wallace Chi Ho Chan*, Clare Tsz Kiu Yu, Grace Suk Man Leung, Molin Kwok Yin Lin, Miranda Mei Mui Leung, Denis Ka Shaw Kwok, Jody Ka-Wing Wu

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Abstract

A pilot randomized controlled trial was conducted to examine the effectiveness of a storybook package for enhancing the perceived knowledge and confidence of health and social care professionals in working with bereaved child siblings and their parents before and after the loss. Open-ended questions were asked to collect feedback, and thematic analyses were conducted to generate the themes. Quantitative findings provided preliminary but not strong evidence of its effectiveness, but qualitative findings showed that participants perceived their knowledge about supporting bereaved siblings and their parents was enhanced and considered the storybook package a useful tool for facilitating their practice. Participants also reflected on how real and specific the stories in the storybook should be. This study is the first step in developing an evidence-based practice tool for health and social care professionals. Future studies are required to further examine its effectiveness for practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalDeath Studies
Early online date22 Jun 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2024

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