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Building bridges from hospital to home: Understanding the transition experience for the newly diagnosed pediatric oncology patient

Background: Caregivers of pediatric oncology patients are expected to understand and adhere to a complex medical plan of care while at home; yet little is known about how to assess and evaluate the caregivers' abilities to adequately meet these demands. The purpose of this study was to describe the issues and daily challenges faced by caregivers as they transition from hospital to home after their child's cancer diagnosis.

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 14:58

Administration of Home Intravenous Chemotherapy to Children by their Parents. Parents' Evaluation of a Nationwide Program

Objectives: Caring for a child with cancer can disrupt family life and financial stability, in addition to affecting the child's social, emotional, and educational development. Health care providers must consider ways to minimize the negative impact of illness and hospitalization on the child and family. This study evaluates a nationwide initiative to educate and support parents to administer chemotherapy to their child in their home.

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 15:54

Health-related quality of life in parents of pediatric brain tumor survivors at the end of tumor-directed therapy

Objective: This study examines theoretical covariates of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in parents of pediatric brain tumor survivors (PBTS) following completion of tumor-directed therapy.; Methods: Fifty PBTS (ages 6-16) completed measures of neurocognitive functioning and their parents completed measures of family, survivor, and parent functioning.

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 12:30

Parent-Child Communication Outcomes of a RCT Testing a Legacy Intervention for Children with Advanced Cancer (GP703)

Objectives: Explain gaps in legacy research for pediatric palliative care and oncology. Explain key components of our legacy intervention for children with advanced cancer. Explain methods of our study that was part of a larger RCT. Importance: Although legacy-building is a priority for quality palliative care, research has rarely examined effects of legacy interventions in children, particularly their impact on parent-child communication. Objective(s): We examined the impact of a legacy intervention on parent-child communication.

Wed, 12/28/2022 - 20:14

Shifting Priorities for the Survival of My Child: Managing Expenses, Increasing Debt, and Tapping Into Available Resources to Maintain the Financial Stability of the Family

Background: Parents are confronted with a range of direct costs and intense caregiving demands following their child's cancer diagnosis, which may potentially threaten the financial stability of the family. Objective The aims of this study were to explore the financial impact of a new childhood cancer diagnosis on families and understand the strategies families use to manage these financial impacts.

Tue, 12/20/2022 - 12:31

Relationship Between Caregiver Uncertainty, Problem-Solving, and Psychological Adjustment in Pediatric Cancer

Objective: The current study examined the roles of constructive and dysfunctional problem-solving strategies in the relationships between illness uncertainty and adjustment outcomes (i.e., anxious, depressive, and posttraumatic stress symptoms) in caregivers of children newly diagnosed with cancer.

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 11:08

Technology-Based Interventions for Cancer Caregivers: Concept Analysis

Background: Cancer is a taxing chronic disease that demands substantial care, most of which is shouldered by informal caregivers. As a result, cancer caregivers often have to manage considerable challenges that could result in severe physical and psychological health consequences. Technology-based interventions have the potential to address many, if not all, of the obstacles caregivers encounter while caring for patients with cancer. However, although the application of technology-based interventions is on the rise, the term is seldom defined in research or practice.

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 11:49

Depressive-Symptom Trajectories From End-of-Life Caregiving Through the First 2 Bereavement Years for Family Caregivers of Advanced Cancer Patients

Background: Family caregivers' distinct depressive-symptom trajectories are understudied and have been examined independently during end-of-life (EOL) caregiving or bereavement, making it difficult to validate two competing hypotheses (wear-and-tear vs. relief) of caregiving effects on bereavement. Existing studies may also miss short-term heterogeneity in depressive symptoms during the immediate postloss period due to lengthy delays in the first postloss assessment.

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 14:59

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