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Title: Childhood Cancer Survivorship: A Qualitative Description of Parental Experiences with Survivorship Care Plans
Authors: Adams, Trina
Supervisor(s): Perry, Beth (Centre for Nursing & Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Park, Caroline (Centre for Nursing & Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Perry, Shirley
Degree: Master of Nursing (MN)
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: childhood cancer
survivorship care plans
survivorship care models
Issue Date: 27-Apr-2015
Abstract: Advancements to treatment and supportive care strategies for childhood cancer have resulted in a shift to managing late effects in the latter stages of the cancer trajectory. Survivorship care plans are communication tools produced by healthcare providers to facilitate and foster an informed and coordinated model of healthcare delivery for survivors and their families. This qualitative descriptive study explored the experiences parents of childhood cancer survivors have had with survivorship care plans. The experiences of eight parents were sought through semi-structured interviews and their views were combined with scholarly elements to expand on the current knowledge of survivorship care in pediatric oncology. Through the iterative process of qualitative content analysis three major themes were identified; Survivorship Care Plan an Important Source of Information, Reliance on Staff, and Varying Emotions of Cancer Survivorship. These results offer a unique perspective on childhood cancer survivorship. Implications for survivorship care and recommendations for future research are discussed.
Graduation Date: Apr-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/159
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