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J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2017 Jul/Aug;34(4):272-282. doi: 10.1177/1043454216688639. Epub 2017 Feb 1.

Stories That Heal: Understanding the Effects of Creating Digital Stories With Pediatric and Adolescent/Young Adult Oncology Patients.

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1 University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract

The purpose of this philosophical hermeneutic study was to determine if, and understand how, digital stories might be effective therapeutic tools to use with children and adolescents/young adults (AYA) with cancer, thus helping mitigate suffering. Sixteen participants made digital stories with the help of a research assistant trained in digital storytelling and were interviewed following the completion of their stories. Findings from this research revealed that digital stories were a way to have others understand their experiences of cancer, allowed for further healing from their sometimes traumatic experiences, had unexpected therapeutic effects, and were a way to reconcile past experiences with current life. Digital stories, we conclude, show great promise with the pediatric and AYA oncology community and we believe are a way in which the psychosocial effects of cancer treatment may be addressed. Recommendations for incorporating digital stories into clinical practice and follow-up programs are offered.

KEYWORDS:

adolescents and young adults (AYA); coping; digital storytelling; qualitative research

PMID:
28614999
DOI:
10.1177/1043454216688639
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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