Journal article

Pediatric brain tumor patients: Their parents' perceptions of the hospital experience

Alun C Jackson, Helen Stewart, Maree O'Toole, Nicole Tokatlian, Kate Enderby, Jane Miller, David Ashley

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSING | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Studies have shown that admission to the hospital of a child can induce feelings of fear and helplessness in parents, challenging usual patterns of coping and parenting competence. Stress has been associated with parents' need to establish effective communication with staff and their need for information, ready access to their children, and participation in decision making relating to their child's care. This study of coping and adjustment was undertaken with the parents, including mothers and fathers, of children under 18 years of age diagnosed with a brain tumor, presenting at Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, between 2001 and 2002 (N=53). It was a prospective study using repeated meas..

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