Experiences of parents whose young child has been diagnosed with primary ciliary dyskinesia
Primary ciliary dyskinesia is an incurable, rare, inherited, chronic condition. Treatment includes regular clearing of airway mucus, aggressive treatment of infections and management of hearing loss. Caregiver burden has not been explored, hence we interviewed 18 English speaking mothers and 6 English speaking fathers of children under 6 years who were diagnosed with PCD around the world. The parents described how the child’s diagnosis, treatment regimen, and health status impacted their life. They discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and they talked about the different ways they cope with challenges that arise. The need for integrated social care is discussed.