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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants

From: A recurring rollercoaster ride: a qualitative study of the emotional experiences of parents of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Participants Characteristics
Experienced Parents 15 parents (8 mothers, 7 fathers, including 3 couples).
Their 12 children (9 girls, 3 boys) were 4 to 15 years old.
Children had been diagnosed with JIA 9 months to 14 years prior to the session.
8 children had oligoarthritis, and 1 each had enthesitis-related arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, polyarthritis, or undifferentiated arthritis.
One parent had JIA as a child, another had psoriasis, and one more had ankylosing spondylitis. A parent’s spouse (not in attendance in the session) had JIA as a child requiring two hip replacements.
Novice Parents 8 parents (5 mothers, 3 fathers, including one couple).
Their 7 children (4 girls, 3 boys) were 2 to 16 years old.
Children had been diagnosed with JIA 2 to 6 months prior to the session.
2 children had oligoarthritis, 2 had undifferentiated arthritis, and 1 each had systemic arthritis, enthesitis-related arthritis, or psoriatic arthritis.
One parent had another child with Crohn’s-related arthritis. A parent’s spouse (not in attendance in the session) dealt with osteoarthritis and two knee replacement surgeries.
  1. JIA juvenile idiopathic arthritis