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How and why to communicate a disease diagnosis to a child
Journal Title: CHILD DEVELOPMENT & DISABILITIES - SAGGI 
Author/s: Momcilo Jankovic 
Year:  2010 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 9-20 FullText PDF:  288 KB
DOI:  10.3280/CDD2010-001002
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The main psycho-social aim in treating pediatric cancer lies in supporting children and their families to face diagnosis and prospects stemming from it. Children and their families need our help, even though it can appear that most of them face the diagnosis without showing any sign of weakness. On the one hand, the child and its family have to be assisted, as both are in need of our immediate support. On the other hand, it is essential to carry on a scientifically sound and well checked research, aiming at drawing a distinction between effective and ineffective treatments. The best clinical care is to apply the top findings that are today available, based on evidence and suited to local, cultural context. Healthcare professionals have to pay attention to what children and their families say, in order to understand how they act and react to the provided treatments. Changing the approach according to the rate of the families’ satisfaction vis-à-vis the provided care can help to improve the service.
Keywords: Diagnosis, child, communication, oncologybamb

Momcilo Jankovic, How and why to communicate a disease diagnosis to a child in "CHILD DEVELOPMENT & DISABILITIES - SAGGI" 1/2010, pp. 9-20, DOI:10.3280/CDD2010-001002

   

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