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Needs of young children with cancer during their initial hospitalization: an observational study.

Björk, Maria LU ; Nordström, Berit LU and Hallström, Inger LU (2006) In Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 23(4). p.9-210
Abstract
The aim of this study was to describe young (under

the age of 7) children’s needs as expressed by their

behavior, body language and verbal expression through

observations during their initial hospitalization after

being diagnosed with cancer. Twelve children under the

age of seven were followed during 26 hours with nonparticipant unstructured observations. Field notes were

written after each observation and transcribed into a

narrative text, which was analyzed by content analysis

at both manifest and latent level. Five themes were

identified, of which “need to have the parent close by”

was the most prominent. The other themes were “need

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The aim of this study was to describe young (under

the age of 7) children’s needs as expressed by their

behavior, body language and verbal expression through

observations during their initial hospitalization after

being diagnosed with cancer. Twelve children under the

age of seven were followed during 26 hours with nonparticipant unstructured observations. Field notes were

written after each observation and transcribed into a

narrative text, which was analyzed by content analysis

at both manifest and latent level. Five themes were

identified, of which “need to have the parent close by”

was the most prominent. The other themes were “need

to play and feel joy,” “need for participation in care

and treatment,” “need for a good relationship with the

staff,” and “need for physical and emotional satisfaction.”

The results indicate that the children needed their

parents and the parents’presence helped the children to

express other needs. Professionals need to support the

child and his or her parents so that the parents in their

turn can support and alleviate their child’s hospitalization and cancer treatment. (Less)
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childhood cancer, hospitalization, needs, observation
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Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
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23
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4
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9 - 210
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1043-4542
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10.1177/1043454206289737
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the age of 7) children’s needs as expressed by their<br/><br>
behavior, body language and verbal expression through<br/><br>
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being diagnosed with cancer. Twelve children under the<br/><br>
age of seven were followed during 26 hours with nonparticipant unstructured observations. Field notes were<br/><br>
written after each observation and transcribed into a<br/><br>
narrative text, which was analyzed by content analysis<br/><br>
at both manifest and latent level. Five themes were<br/><br>
identified, of which “need to have the parent close by”<br/><br>
was the most prominent. The other themes were “need<br/><br>
to play and feel joy,” “need for participation in care<br/><br>
and treatment,” “need for a good relationship with the<br/><br>
staff,” and “need for physical and emotional satisfaction.”<br/><br>
The results indicate that the children needed their<br/><br>
parents and the parents’presence helped the children to<br/><br>
express other needs. Professionals need to support the<br/><br>
child and his or her parents so that the parents in their<br/><br>
turn can support and alleviate their child’s hospitalization and cancer treatment.},
  author       = {Björk, Maria and Nordström, Berit and Hallström, Inger},
  issn         = {1043-4542},
  keyword      = {childhood cancer,hospitalization,needs,observation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {9--210},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing},
  title        = {Needs of young children with cancer during their initial hospitalization: an observational study.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1043454206289737},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2006},
}