Building a psychosocial and spiritual care service for children with cancer and their families

SA Journal of Oncology

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Title Building a psychosocial and spiritual care service for children with cancer and their families
Creator Hendricks, Marc Steenveld, Clint M. Thompson, Vanessa Andrade, Anabela Kahl, Gisela Farlam, Peter Balagadde-Kambugu, Joyce Hendricks, Shehaam Rackstraw, Angela Pedersen, Lynn Burger, Dianne R. Meiring, Michelle A. Davidson, Alan van Eyssen, Ann
Subject paediatrics; oncology psychosocial support; public-private partnership
Description Background: Comprehensive, coordinated psychosocial, supportive and spiritual care is an essential component of the holistic care of childhood cancer sufferers and their families.Aim: The authors detail the development and value of a multidisciplinary psychosocial care team as an essential adjunct to care of childhood cancer sufferers.Methods: A historic preamble details a period during which psychosocial and supportive care was the sole province of the paediatric oncologists and social workers and describes that the process of creating a multidisciplinary psychosocial and spiritual care team has enhanced medical care.Results: Each member of the psychosocial group describes their care philosophy and their role in the clinical setting. We also describe the critical role of the meeting as a teaching vehicle for oncology fellows.Conclusion: This reproducible partnership between public and private sector practitioners, designed in a resource-constrained setting, affords a diverse and highly skilled group of professionals the opportunity to meet the medical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and families as they transition through the care journey.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor N/A
Date 2019-01-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Review
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajo.v3i0.52
Source South African Journal of Oncology; Vol 3 (2019); 8 pages 2523-0646 2518-8704
Language eng
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Coverage Africa 2012-present children with cancer
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Marc Hendricks, Clint M. Steenveld, Vanessa Thompson, Anabela Andrade, Gisela Kahl, Peter Farlam, Joyce Balagadde-Kambugu, Shehaam Hendricks, Angela Rackstraw, Lynn Pedersen, Dianne R. Burger, Michelle A. Meiring, Alan Davidson, Ann van Eyssen