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Care and support needs of children and young people with cancer and their parents

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JournalPsycho-Oncology
DatePublished - Sep 2006
Issue number9
Volume15
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)805-816
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The importance of psychosocial support services for children with cancer and their families is recognised but evaluation of such services is less well developed with little information available about different patterns of provision. This paper provides an overview of psychosocial support children and their families in the UK receive during and after treatment. It reports the results of a postal survey of 303 families, within which parents and children identified their satisfaction with support services and also areas of unmet need. Satisfaction was identified in a range of areas, including medical information and support from nurses and social workers. However, areas of unmet need were also highlighted, especially age appropriate facilities, emotional support and information in different formats. Although British government policy currently seeks to develop standards and guidelines or care throughout the National Health Service, this paper demonstrates that there is still a need to develop psychosocial support services and work towards recently established guidelines in order to ensure that families receive flexible but equitable packages of care and support, wherever treatment is received. Copyright (c) 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • childhood cancer, paediatric oncology, children and young people, psychosocial support, family support, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, SURVIVING CANCER, CHILDHOOD-CANCER, FAMILIES, ADJUSTMENT, PREDICTORS, ISSUES

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