Children's Perceptions of their Mother's Breast Cancer and its Treatment: A Qualitative Synthesis

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164994
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Children's Perceptions of their Mother's Breast Cancer and its Treatment: A Qualitative Synthesis
Author(s):
Johnson, Connie
Author Details:
Connie Johnson, RN, MN, FNP-C, Advance Practice Nurse Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA, email: cjohnson285@hotmail.com
Abstract:
Clinical/Evidence Based Practice: In 2008, new cases of breast cancer in woman will reach 182,460. Among these women, 30% will have young children at home. When a mother has cancer her children worry about many things including whether she will die, still be able to care for them, or what will change in the family? Analysis of children's perceptions of their mothers' breast cancer helps nurses to better understand children's fears/thoughts and ultimately enable development of evidence-based age appropriate educational materials. Nurses working in primary care or cancer treatment centers are in key positions to offer assistance to mothers with breast cancer with tips on how to communicate with their children about their illness. Talking with children about their mother's illness may help to relieve children's fears or misconceptions about cancer. Age appropriate breast cancer educational materials will assist in helping children to better understand their mother's illness and treatment. The purpose of this review is to synthesize the findings of five qualitative studies on school-aged children's perceptions of their mother's breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment. The five qualitative studies (four peer-reviewed journal articles, one doctoral dissertation) examined children's perceptions of their mother's breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment. Data analysis was conducted with coding/labeling and formulation of categories. Themes were developed through recurring patterns of categorical data. The findings yielded eight distinct themes of the children's feelings and perceptions related to their mother's breast cancer. The themes included: alertness, communication, children worries, children behavioral changes, changes in mother, changes in family patterns, doing nothing, and family time. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme and the Qualitative Assessment Tool were used to evaluate the quality of each study. Children are considerably impacted by their mother's breast cancer. Nurses may help parents communicate with their children regarding the breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer treatment centers can facilitate communication within the family through educational programs or support groups that focus on the needs of the family. Age appropriate educational materials will help children to better understand their mother's illness and the feelings they have in relation to it.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleChildren's Perceptions of their Mother's Breast Cancer and its Treatment: A Qualitative Synthesisen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Connieen_US
dc.author.detailsConnie Johnson, RN, MN, FNP-C, Advance Practice Nurse Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA, email: cjohnson285@hotmail.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164994-
dc.description.abstractClinical/Evidence Based Practice: In 2008, new cases of breast cancer in woman will reach 182,460. Among these women, 30% will have young children at home. When a mother has cancer her children worry about many things including whether she will die, still be able to care for them, or what will change in the family? Analysis of children's perceptions of their mothers' breast cancer helps nurses to better understand children's fears/thoughts and ultimately enable development of evidence-based age appropriate educational materials. Nurses working in primary care or cancer treatment centers are in key positions to offer assistance to mothers with breast cancer with tips on how to communicate with their children about their illness. Talking with children about their mother's illness may help to relieve children's fears or misconceptions about cancer. Age appropriate breast cancer educational materials will assist in helping children to better understand their mother's illness and treatment. The purpose of this review is to synthesize the findings of five qualitative studies on school-aged children's perceptions of their mother's breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment. The five qualitative studies (four peer-reviewed journal articles, one doctoral dissertation) examined children's perceptions of their mother's breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment. Data analysis was conducted with coding/labeling and formulation of categories. Themes were developed through recurring patterns of categorical data. The findings yielded eight distinct themes of the children's feelings and perceptions related to their mother's breast cancer. The themes included: alertness, communication, children worries, children behavioral changes, changes in mother, changes in family patterns, doing nothing, and family time. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme and the Qualitative Assessment Tool were used to evaluate the quality of each study. Children are considerably impacted by their mother's breast cancer. Nurses may help parents communicate with their children regarding the breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer treatment centers can facilitate communication within the family through educational programs or support groups that focus on the needs of the family. Age appropriate educational materials will help children to better understand their mother's illness and the feelings they have in relation to it.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:10:40Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:10:40Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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