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Exploring the Potential of a Pretend Play Intervention in Young Patients With Leukemia
Univ Med Ctr Hamburg Eppendorf, Ctr Psychosocial Med, Dept Med Psychol, Hamburg, Germany.
Univ Med Ctr Hamburg Eppendorf, Ctr Obstet & Pediat, Dept Pediat Hematol & Oncol, Hamburg, Germany.
Univ Med Ctr Hamburg Eppendorf, Ctr Obstet & Pediat, Dept Pediat Hematol & Oncol, Hamburg, Germany.
Univ Med Ctr Hamburg Eppendorf, Ctr Obstet & Pediat, Dept Pediat Hematol & Oncol, Hamburg, Germany.
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families, ISSN 0882-5963, E-ISSN 1532-8449, Vol. 44, p. E98-E106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The aims of the study are 1) to gain knowledge of parents' and professionals' perceptions about cancer stricken children's resources, burdens, and ability to pretend play, and 2) to prepare the initiation of a pretend play intervention based on children's needs and included parents' and professionals' feedback.

Design and Methods: Qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with 13 parents of children diagnosed with leukemia and 15 professionals in the field of pediatric oncology. Themes were derived with content analysis via deductive and inductive coding.

Results: Analysis resulted in five topics. (1) Ability to play in the context of leukemia (2) ways of coping with leukemia (3) difficulty in transition to normality (4) parental quality of life and parents' needs (5) perceptions of the potential of pretend play.

Conclusion: Study results indicate the potential of pretend play interventions for young cancer patients and the need for additional professional support of parents.

Practice Implications: Pretend play is a tool children carry with them regardless of their circumstances. If we can enhance their ability to play, doing so should give them an advantage in creative problem solving and creative expression as they deal with a life threatening disease. 

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC , 2019. Vol. 44, p. E98-E106
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Pediatric oncology, Pretend play intervention, Children, Parents, Professionals
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376887DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.11.010ISI: 000456444800016PubMedID: 30503254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-376887DiVA, id: diva2:1288400
Available from: 2019-02-13 Created: 2019-02-13 Last updated: 2019-05-13Bibliographically approved

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