Reflection on the assessment and care of a child with osteogenesis imperfecta

Rachel McDowell, Alice McKendry, Gabrielle Smyth, Pauline Cardwell

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Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare genetic condition that causes bones to become brittle and fracture. This article draws on the reflective experiences of two second-year children's nursing students on placement. It includes a case study that explores the assessment and care of a child with OI. Due to the lack of available evidence and understanding of nursing care for children with OI, the article also includes a personal reflection on clinical practice. There has been extensive development in evidence-based practice in nursing, which includes reflective practice. Reflection is an important component of nursing training and plays a part in ensuring that nurses keep their knowledge and skills up to date and gain valuable transferable skills. This article presents a reflection on nursing a child with OI along with more specific information on OI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-29
JournalNursing Children and Young People
Issue number6
Early online date30 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 08 Nov 2018


  • bone health
  • child health
  • fractures
  • genetic disorders
  • orthopaedics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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