Parental treatment decision making in pediatric oncology


Parental treatment decision making in pediatric oncology


Stewart JL; Pyke-Grimm KA; Kelly KP


Seminars In Oncology Nursing




PedPal Lit; Attitude to Health Child Conflict (Psychology)Decision Making Educational Status Health Priorities Helping Behavior Humans Internal-External Control Models; Non-U.S. Gov't Social Support; Nursing Models; Psychological Neoplasms/therapyNurse's Role Nursing Methodology Research Oncologic Nursing Parents/education/psychology Patient Selection Pediatric Nursing Practice Guidelines Professional-Family Relations Prognosis Research Design Research Support


OBJECTIVE: To review progress and future plans for a research program about parents' making treatment decisions for their children with cancer. DATA SOURCES: Theoretical papers, review articles, and research reports. CONCLUSION: Three important questions need to be addressed to achieve the goal of supporting parents in treatment decision making: 1) Whatfactors predict a parent's preferred role iln decision making? 2) What are the critical outcomes from parental decision making that nurses could help to improve? 3) Is it role choice, actual role assumed, or congruence between preferred and actual role in decision making that predicts decision outcomes for the parents? IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Research-based responses to the remaining questions about parent treatment decision making will help nurses develop and test interventions designed to support parents in their decision making experiences.


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Stewart JL; Pyke-Grimm KA; Kelly KP, “Parental treatment decision making in pediatric oncology,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 2, 2023,