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J Neurosci Nurs. 1998 Dec;30(6):345-9.

Building a support group for parents of children with brain tumors.

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Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3039, USA.

Abstract

When parents are faced with the possibility of death or disability from their child's brain tumor, it manifests as a daily crisis. Some seek comfort and reassurance in sharing similar experiences within a support group. These groups have much to offer people who derive support from group interaction. Pediatric neuroscience nurses are in a unique position to coordinate and facilitate the development of a support group for parents of children with brain tumors. Although the literature identifies many reasons people join support groups, little has been explored among parents of children with a life-threatening illness. The literature stresses that the success of a group is in knowing why people attend groups and the ability to address the group's needs.

PMID:
9949973
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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