Parents' needs of support following the loss of a child to cancer: a Swedish, prospective, longitudinal, multi-centre study

Title

Parents' needs of support following the loss of a child to cancer: a Swedish, prospective, longitudinal, multi-centre study

Creator

Hoven E; Hagstrom J; Poder U; Gronqvist H; von Essen L

Publisher

Acta Oncologica

Date

2019

Subject

bereavement; oncology; parental needs

Description

Introduction: Parents' needs of support following the loss of a child to cancer and whether these needs are met are not fully known. This study aimed to describe parents' needs, opportunity, and benefit of support from healthcare professionals and significant others from shortly after, up to five years after bereavement.Material and methods: Data were collected at nine months (T5, n = 20), eighteen months (T6, n = 37), and five years after the child's death (T7, n = 38). Parents answered questions via telephone about need, opportunity, and benefit of talking to psychologists, social workers, partners, and friends. Needs were examined in relation to parent and child characteristics, including sex, age, and parent posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS).Results: The proportion reporting a need of support from psychologists varied from 56% and 46% at T5 to 20% and 6% at T7 (mothers and fathers, respectively). All mothers and 90% of fathers reported a need of support from social workers at T5. At T7, the corresponding percentages were 30% and 6%. More mothers than fathers reported a need of support from friends at T7 (p = .001). The proportion reporting a need of support from psychologists, social workers, and friends decreased over time (all p

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Citation List Month

Oncology 2019 List

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Citation

Hoven E; Hagstrom J; Poder U; Gronqvist H; von Essen L, “Parents' needs of support following the loss of a child to cancer: a Swedish, prospective, longitudinal, multi-centre study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 20, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16947.

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