Supportive care for cancer-related symptoms in pediatric oncology: a qualitative study among healthcare providers

Title

Supportive care for cancer-related symptoms in pediatric oncology: a qualitative study among healthcare providers

Creator

Mora DC; Jong MC; Quandt SA; Arcury TA; Kristoffersen AE; Stub T

Publisher

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

Date

2023

Subject

Canada; United States; Germany; childhood cancer; adult; article; cancer chemotherapy; female; human; male; quality of life; palliative therapy; aged; education; Netherlands; anxiety; philosophy; Norway; clinical article; interview; content analysis; health care personnel; qualitative research; cancer therapy; insomnia; fatigue; acute lymphoblastic leukemia; leukemia; constipation; nausea; semi structured interview; vomiting; alternative medicine; nurse; music therapy; dietitian; acupuncture; aromatherapy; integrative medicine; massage; professional practice; acupressure; play therapy; psychodrama; vincristine

Description

Background: The aim of this study is to gain insight into the clinical experiences and perceptions that pediatric oncology experts, conventional healthcare providers, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers in Norway, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States have with the use of supportive care, including CAM among children and adolescents with cancer. Method(s): A qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured in-depth interviews (n = 22) with healthcare providers with clinical experience working with CAM and/or other supportive care among children and adolescents with cancer from five different countries. Participants were recruited through professional associations and personal networks. Systematic content analysis was used to delineate the main themes. The analysis resulted in three themes and six subthemes. Result(s): Most participants had over 10 years of professional practice. They mostly treated children and adolescents with leukemia who suffered from adverse effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea and poor appetite. Their priorities were to identify the parents' treatment goals and help the children with their daily complaints. Some modalities frequently used were acupuncture, massage, music, and play therapy. Parents received information about supplements and diets in line with their treatment philosophies. They received education from the providers to mitigate symptoms and improve the well-being of the child. Conclusion(s): Clinical experiences of pediatric oncology experts, conventional health care providers, and CAM providers give an understanding of how supportive care modalities, including CAM, are perceived in the field and how they can be implemented as adaptational tools to manage adverse effects and to improve the quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer and the families.Copyright © 2023, The Author(s).

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Citation List Month

2023 SE3 - Oncology

Citation

Mora DC; Jong MC; Quandt SA; Arcury TA; Kristoffersen AE; Stub T, “Supportive care for cancer-related symptoms in pediatric oncology: a qualitative study among healthcare providers,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 26, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19380.