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Pediatric kidney disease diagnoses are stressful for the entire family and many parents lack social outlets that understand the associated lifestyle changes and stressors. There is a variety of evidence in the literature supporting the use of peer mentoring to promote positive coping among patients with chronic disease and their family members. This paper describes the development and implementation of a peer mentoring program among parents of children newly diagnosed with kidney disease to determine the impact on parent coping with their child’s diagnosis, as assessed through the Coping Health Inventory for Parents (CHIP-16). Results are discussed, as well as lessons learned and recommendations that may guide future peer mentoring programs among this population.

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Peer mentoring, Parent mentoring, Positive coping, Pediatric kidney disease, New diagnosis, New kidney disease diagnosis


Kidneys--Diseases--Diagnosis; Pediatrics--Social aspects; Kidneys--Diseases--Psychological aspects

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NRS 662 - DNP Scholarly Project III

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Doctoral Project