2. Comprehensive and Family-Centered Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology: Integration of Clinical Practice and Research

  1. Shulamith Kreitler4,5,6,
  2. Myriam Weyl Ben-Arush7,8 and
  3. Andrés Martin9,10
  1. Lori Wiener1,2 and
  2. Maryland Pao3

Published Online: 1 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119941033.ch2

Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, Second Edition

Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, Second Edition

How to Cite

Wiener, L. and Pao, M. (2012) Comprehensive and Family-Centered Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology: Integration of Clinical Practice and Research, in Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions, Second Edition (eds S. Kreitler, M. W. Ben-Arush and A. Martin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119941033.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 4

    School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

  2. 5

    Psychooncology Research Center, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

  3. 6

    Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel

  4. 7

    Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Meyer Children's Hospital, Israel

  5. 8

    Meyer Children's Hospital, Rambam Health Care Campus, Technion Israel-Institute of Technology, the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel

  6. 9

    Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

  7. 10

    Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Behavioral Science Core, Bethesda, MD, USA

  2. 2

    Psychosocial Support and Research, NCI, POB, Bethesda, MD, USA

  3. 3

    National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119998839

Online ISBN: 9781119941033

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Keywords:

  • family-centered care;
  • needs assessments;
  • pediatric oncology;
  • psychosocial care;
  • research design

Summary

Pediatric oncology programs provide comprehensive multimodal clinical care in a family-centered care environment that attends to the emotional, social, cultural and developmental needs of patients and their families. Evidence-based assessments and empirically supported interventions in pediatric oncology programs are emerging that are anticipated to maximize successful psychosocial and physical outcomes for children with cancer. In this chapter, we describe components of a model family-centered psychosocial support program and propose that the integration of clinical research can enhance clinical services while reducing the research–practice gap. Patients and their families benefit from the expertise obtained from interdisciplinary psychosocial team members throughout the course of their cancers and clinicians benefit from collaboration with interdisciplinary professionals, particularly when they can partner in producing new knowledge derived through psychosocial research designed to improve patient function and outcomes.