The Impact of Cancer on Physical, Emotional and Psychosocial Well-Being in Hong Kong Chinese Children

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150507
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Presentation
Title:
The Impact of Cancer on Physical, Emotional and Psychosocial Well-Being in Hong Kong Chinese Children
Abstract:
The Impact of Cancer on Physical, Emotional and Psychosocial Well-Being in Hong Kong Chinese Children
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Li, Ho Cheung William, RN, MPhil, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:The University of Hong Kong
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Joyce Oi Kwan Chung, RN, BHS, MPH
[Research Presentation] Purpose: The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a stressful and threatening experience, which can be emotionally devastating for children. This study aimed to examine the impact of cancer on physical, emotional and psychosocial well-being in Hong Kong Chinese children and to discuss how nurses can help ease the burdens of cancer treatment for children. Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed. Hong Kong Chinese children aged between 7 to 15 years of old, admitted for treatment of cancer in two paediatric oncology wards of two actual hospitals were invited to participate in the study. Children's state anxiety levels were assessed by using the State Anxiety Scale for Children (Short-form). Children's self-esteem were measured by using the Rosenberg's Self-esteem Scale. Besides, children were assessed for any present of depressive symptoms by using the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (Short-form). Additionally, a qualitative semi-structure interview was conduct to each child to document their perception on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Results: The results showed that children experienced considerably high levels of anxiety on admission. Besides, children showed comparatively lower self-esteem when compared with normal school-age children. Moreover, more than half participants reported some depressive symptoms during hospitalization. Conclusion: The results suggest that there is room for improvement for the existing nursing intervention in preparing children for hospitalization and treatment of cancer in Hong Kong. There is an imperative need for nurses to find out ways to make the child's cancer journey a less difficult one through the development of more effective psychosocial interventions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Impact of Cancer on Physical, Emotional and Psychosocial Well-Being in Hong Kong Chinese Childrenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150507-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Impact of Cancer on Physical, Emotional and Psychosocial Well-Being in Hong Kong Chinese Children</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Li, Ho Cheung William, RN, MPhil, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The University of Hong Kong</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">william3@hku.hk</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Joyce Oi Kwan Chung, RN, BHS, MPH</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a stressful and threatening experience, which can be emotionally devastating for children. This study aimed to examine the impact of cancer on physical, emotional and psychosocial well-being in Hong Kong Chinese children and to discuss how nurses can help ease the burdens of cancer treatment for children. Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed. Hong Kong Chinese children aged between 7 to 15 years of old, admitted for treatment of cancer in two paediatric oncology wards of two actual hospitals were invited to participate in the study. Children's state anxiety levels were assessed by using the State Anxiety Scale for Children (Short-form). Children's self-esteem were measured by using the Rosenberg's Self-esteem Scale. Besides, children were assessed for any present of depressive symptoms by using the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (Short-form). Additionally, a qualitative semi-structure interview was conduct to each child to document their perception on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Results: The results showed that children experienced considerably high levels of anxiety on admission. Besides, children showed comparatively lower self-esteem when compared with normal school-age children. Moreover, more than half participants reported some depressive symptoms during hospitalization. Conclusion: The results suggest that there is room for improvement for the existing nursing intervention in preparing children for hospitalization and treatment of cancer in Hong Kong. There is an imperative need for nurses to find out ways to make the child's cancer journey a less difficult one through the development of more effective psychosocial interventions.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:34:58Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:34:58Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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