Enhancing Motivational Protection for COVID-19 Among Children with Chronic Illness: Nurses’ Roles


  • Sililuck Sumadon Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Rai Collage
  • Yanatcha Kaewta Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Rai Collage


Chronic child, Covid 19, Protection Motivation, Role of nurses


The spread of COVID-19 is a worldwide problem that greatly affects the lives and well-being of people in Thailand, having a wide impact both in terms of economy, society and well-being. Coronavirus is easily spread through inhalation of large droplets and is more severe for people with chronic illness. In children with chronic illnesses, especially those with respiratory disease, obesity, diabetes, or heart disease, as well as immunocompromised children or those receiving immunosuppressants, there is a high risk of infection. With children who are sick from COVID-19 infection, it is more severe than for children with normal health conditions due to the pathology of the disease. Not only will a child be affected but they can also be a burden on family and society. The effect depends on the control of symptoms and the severity of the disease at that time. Therefore, preventing COVID-19 among children with chronic illness is the very important. Nurses play an important role in health care for children with chronic illness. This article presents COVID-19 prevention guidelines by using the Protection Motivation Theory which consist of perceived severity, perceived vulnerability, response efficacy and self-efficacy and which need to be appropriately applied to children with chronic illnesses of each age range, including caregivers to raise awareness and lead to effective actions to prevent COVID-19 infection.


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