Exploring children's and adolescents' healthcare experiences
: a hermeneutic-phenomenological inquiry

  • Gail Davison

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This is a hermeneutic-phenomenological inquiry exploring children's and adolescents' experiences of healthcare. The impetus to pursue this line of inquiry rests on the need for healthcare services to provide favourable healthcare experiences, as a key healthcare quality criterion. Also, healthcare professionals are individuals with emotions and virtues who aspire provide children with good care.

This thesis contains two studies: first, a scoping review and interpretive synthesis exploring children and adolescents experiences of healthcare professionals, and second, a hermeneutic-phenomenological inquiry exploring children's hospital experiences using novel participatory art-based approaches.

It is hoped that, by exploring children's lived experiences, healthcare professionals will be better placed to provide care which better aligns with children's needs.
Date of AwardJul 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsRoyal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
SupervisorTimothy Dornan (Supervisor) & Andrew Thompson (Supervisor)


  • Children
  • phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • healthcare
  • paediatrics

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