Assessing well-being in pediatric palliative care: A pilot study about views of children, parents and health professionals

Title

Assessing well-being in pediatric palliative care: A pilot study about views of children, parents and health professionals

Creator

Toro-Perez D; Camprodon-Rosanas E; Navarro Vilarrubi S; Bolance C; Guillen M; Limonero JT

Publisher

Palliative and Supportive Care

Date

2023

Subject

emotional well-being; palliative therapy; pilot study; psychologic assessment; wellbeing; article; child; clinical article; controlled study; cross-sectional study; demography; emotion; female; health practitioner; human; male; Palliative Care; perception; Pilot Projects; school child; vision; visual analog scale

Description

OBJECTIVES: Our research aims to compare the perception that children in the pediatric palliative care setting have of their emotional well-being, or that expressed by the parents, with the perception held by the professionals involved in their care. <br/>METHOD(S): In this cross-sectional study, the emotional well-being of 30 children with a mean age of 10.8 years (standard deviation [SD] = 6.1) is evaluated. Children, or parents where necessary, evaluate their situation with a question about emotional well-being on a 0-10 visual analog scale. For each child, a health professional also rates the child's emotional status using the same scale. <br/>RESULT(S): The average child's emotional well-being score provided by children or parents was 7.1 (SD = 1.6), while the average score given by health professionals was 5.6 (SD = 1.2). Children or parents graded the children's emotional well-being significantly higher than professionals (t-test = 4.6, p-value < .001). Health professionals rated the children's emotional well-being significantly lower when the disease status was progressive than when the disease was not (t-test = 2.2, p-value = .037). SIGNIFICANCE OF RESULTS: Children themselves, or their parents, report more positive evaluations of emotional well-being than health professionals. Sociodemographic and disease variables do not seem to have a direct influence on this perception, rather it is more likely that children, parents, and professionals focus on different aspects and that children or parents need to hold on to a more optimistic vision. We must emphasize that when this difference is more pronounced, it can be a warning sign that further analysis is required of the situation.

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Citation List Month

May List 2023

Collection

Citation

Toro-Perez D; Camprodon-Rosanas E; Navarro Vilarrubi S; Bolance C; Guillen M; Limonero JT, “Assessing well-being in pediatric palliative care: A pilot study about views of children, parents and health professionals,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 20, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19106.