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Enskär, K., Björk, M., Knutsson, S., Granlund, M., Darcy, L. & Huus, K. (2015). A Swedish perspective on nursing and psychosocial research in paediatric oncology: A literature review. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(3), 310-317
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2015 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 310-317Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: A dramatic improvement in outcomes of survival rates of childhood cancer has been seen. Caring science research is central in providing skills and knowledge to the health care sector, but few overviews of the content of published research have been carried out. The aim of this review was to investigate the content and methodology of published studies in paediatric oncology relevant to caring science, and also to compare possible differences in content and method of the published studies from the nursing and psychosocial perspectives. Method: A systematic literature review was performed of 137 published articles on paediatric oncology relevant to caring science in Sweden. Results: The results show that most of the studies were descriptive or comparative ones with a quantitative design. Most of them focused on parents (43%) or children (28%). Most of the studies investigated wellbeing (88%), using questionnaires (54%) or interviews (38%). Several different measurement instruments had been used. While the results were often clearly presented, the clinical implications were more diffuse. The most acknowledged research fund was the Swedish Childhood Foundation (75%). Conclusions: To reflect the children' perspectives in paediatric oncology require that future researchers take on the challenge of including children (even young ones) in research. The use of a limited number of agreed measurement instruments is desirable. The biggest challenge for the future is to make a shift from explorative to intervention studies. There is an urgent need to transform research results into clinical practice. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015
Cancer, Caring science, Childhood, Literature review, Nursing, Psychosocial
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Woman, Child and Family (WomFam)
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13586 (URN)10.1016/j.ejon.2014.10.013 (DOI)000357905900015 ()25529934 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84930931401 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-05-23 Created: 2017-05-23 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-4599-155X

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