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J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2010 May-Jun;27(3):133-45. doi: 10.1177/1043454209355452.

Creative arts therapy improves quality of life for pediatric brain tumor patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy.

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University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO 80045, USA. madden.jennifer@tchden.org

Abstract

This mixed methods pilot study evaluated the effects of the creative arts therapy (CAT) on the quality of life (QOL) of children receiving chemotherapy. A 2-group, repeated measures randomized design compared CAT with a volunteer's attention (n = 16). Statistical analysis of the randomized controlled phase of the study suggested an improvement in the following areas after the CAT: parent report of child's hurt (P = .03) and parent report of child's nausea (P = .0061). A nonrandomized phase, using a different instrument showed improved mood with statistical significance on the Faces Scale (P < .01), and patients were more excited (P < .05), happier (P < .02), and less nervous (P < .02). Provider focus groups revealed positive experiences. Case studies are included to exemplify the therapeutic process. With heightened interest in complementary therapy for children with cancer, future research with a larger sample size is needed to document the impact of incorporating creative arts into the healing process.

PMID:
20386062
DOI:
10.1177/1043454209355452
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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