Bereaved parents and siblings offer advice to health care providers and researchers Journal Article

Authors: Steele, A. C.; Kaal, J.; Thompson, A. L.; Barrera, M; Compas, B. E.; Davies, B; Fairclough, D. L.; Foster, T. L.; Jo Gilmer, M.; Hogan, N; Vannatta, K; Gerhardt, C. A.
Article Title: Bereaved parents and siblings offer advice to health care providers and researchers
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: : To determine how to improve care for families by obtaining their advice to health care providers and researchers after a child's death from cancer. DESIGN: : Families with a surviving sibling (age, 8 to 17 y) were recruited from cancer registries at 3 hospitals in the United States and Canada 3 to 12 months (M=10.4, SD=3.5) after the child's death. SETTING: : Data were collected in the home. PARTICIPANTS: : Participants (N=99) included 36 mothers, 24 fathers, and 39 siblings from 40 families. OUTCOME MEASURES: : Each participant completed a qualitative interview that was audio recorded, transcribed, and coded for thematic content. FINDINGS: : Five major themes included the need for: (a) improved communication with the medical team, (b) more compassionate care, (c) increased access to resources, (d) ongoing research, and (e) offering praise. Interwoven within the 5 themes was a subtheme of continuity of care. CONCLUSIONS: : Many participants were pleased with the care the child with cancer received, but others noted areas in need of improvement, particularly medical communication and continuity of care. Additional research is needed to inform interventions to improve services for families of children with life-limiting conditions.
Journal Title: Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology
Volume: 35
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1536-3678; 1077-4114
Publisher: Unknown  
Journal Place: United States
Date Published: 2013
Start Page: 253
End Page: 259
Language: eng
Notes: ID: 12905; JID: 9505928; NIHMS452178; OID: NLM: NIHMS452178 [Available on 05/01/14]; OID: NLM: PMC3635497 [Available on 05/01/14]; PMCR: 2014/05/01 00:00; ppublish