Table 2

Themes and categories of fathers’ role identified from in-depth interviews with fathers whose children had pneumonia-like episodes in Biliran Island, the Philippines

Belief in their own judgementFathers observe and care for their sick child at home for a few days.
Some fathers do not know about pneumonia.
Arranging moneyFathers work and save money for their child’s treatment.
Money issues come first to fathers’ minds when their child is hospitalised.
Responsibility as the leader of the familyFathers intend to take responsibility for their child.
Fathers assist mothers who play a key role in caring for a sick child.