Family-oriented psychosocial intervention in children with cancer: A systematic review

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Leila Ostadhashemi 1 , Hamid Reza Khankeh 2 , Mostafa Eghlima 3 , Maliheh Arshi 4 , Ayuob Nafei 5 , Behnaz Asangari 6 , Nahid Mohammadi 7 , Maliheh Khalvati 8 , *

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1 student research committee, Social Work Department, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Social Work Department, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Health in Emergency and Disaster Department and Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran & Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

4 Social Work Department ,Social Work Department, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 Social Welfare Department, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

6 Society To Support Children Suffering From Cancer MAHAK, Tehran, Iran

7 University of applied science and technology, Tehran, Iran

8 Social Work Department, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran & Panzdah e Khordad Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Ostadhashemi L, Khankeh H R, Eghlima M, Arshi M, Nafei A, et al. Family-oriented psychosocial intervention in children with cancer: A systematic review , J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2016 ; 20(2):e69697. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v20i2.3040.

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 20 (2); e69697
Published Online: September 19, 2016
Article Type: Original Article
Received: May 24, 2016
Accepted: July 26, 2016
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Abstract

Introduction: In recent years, evidence has shown the growing trend of published studies on family-oriented interventions in children with cancer. Besides shedding light on the current status of knowledge, a review of the existing evidence can serve an effective step toward designing and implementing appropriate interventions in this domain.

Methods: This systematic review was carried out to categorize and report the findings of all types of psychosocial interventions on the family caregivers of children with cancer. The English keywords "family career", "family caregiver", “children with cancer", "psychosocial", "intervention”, “educational", and "childhood cancer" were searched in CINAHL, Web of Science (ISI), PsychINFO, Pubmed and Scopus databanks, and equivalent Persian keywords were searched in the SID of Jihad University, IRANDOC, and IranPsych and Magiran databanks. From among 819 papers found between 1994 and 2014, a total of 17 articles were included in the study after qualitative evaluation.

Results: Interventions were often performed on mothers and indicated various interventional approaches. The majority of the interventions were cognitive-behavioral which were reported to be effective in improving the measured criteria such as increasing the quality of life, decreasing emotional distress, anxiety and depression, and increasing adaptive behaviors.

Conclusion: The findings were generally reported to be hopeful and most of interventions were reported to have positive effects on the participants, among which behavioral-cognitive interventions were found to show the strongest evidence.      Supportive interventions must be considered as an indispensable part of care for children with cancer.

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Intervention family caregivers systematic review children with cancer

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