“I’ve just taken you to see the man with the CD on his head”: the experience and management of recurrent sore throat in children

Catherine Locke, Rachel M. Baker, Katie Brittain

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Tonsillectomies for children with recurrent sore throat are common. There is a perception amongst medical professionals that parents are eager for surgical intervention but the parent/child perspective is overlooked in the literature. This study aimed to identify parent/child experience of recurrent sore throat. The study was qualitative, using grounded theory approach to data collection/analysis. Semi-structured, in-depth, interviews were conducted with 12 dyads of children (aged 4—16) and heir parents, attending two Ear, Nose and Throat outpatient clinics held at a hospital in North East England, referred by their General Practitioner for recurrent sore throats. Analysis revealed recurrent sore throats significantly affected the families’ quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-110
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010



  • grounded theory
  • interviews
  • recurrent sore throat

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