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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2012 Nov;28(4):213-20. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2012.09.003.

The challenge of quality care for family caregivers in pediatric cancer care.

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University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, Austin, TX, USA. barbarajones@mail.utexas.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To discuss the needs and potential interventions for parental caregivers of children with cancer.

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles between 2002 and 2012.

CONCLUSION:

In general, parents do adjust and cope with their child's cancer, but a significant majority experience post-traumatic stress symptoms. Families also report that the shift to parenting a child with cancer is very disruptive to identity and family structure and can cause negative outcomes for mothers, father, and siblings. There is growing evidence of post-traumatic growth and resilience in parents of children with cancer. Recent studies have suggested that targeted interventions may relieve distress.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses can support families in the difficult transition to having a child with cancer and may be able to intervene to reduce long-term distress in families.

PMID:
23107178
DOI:
10.1016/j.soncn.2012.09.003
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