Children's Oncology Group's 2013 blueprint for research: Nursing discipline

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  • Wendy Landier RN, PhD, CPNP, CPON,

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    1. Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope, Duarte, California
    • Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., DPS-173, Duarte, CA 91010.
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    • Wendy Landier, Marcia Leonard and Kathleen S. Ruccione, on behalf of the COG Nursing Discipline Committee.

  • Marcia Leonard RN, PNP, CPHON,

    1. Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, C. S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    • Wendy Landier, Marcia Leonard and Kathleen S. Ruccione, on behalf of the COG Nursing Discipline Committee.

  • Kathleen S. Ruccione MPH, RN, CPON, FAAN

    1. Department of Pediatrics, Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
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    • Wendy Landier, Marcia Leonard and Kathleen S. Ruccione, on behalf of the COG Nursing Discipline Committee.


Abstract

Integration of the nursing discipline within cooperative groups conducting pediatric oncology clinical trials provides unique opportunities to maximize nursing's contribution to clinical care, and to pursue research questions that extend beyond cure of disease to address important gaps in knowledge surrounding the illness experience. Key areas of importance to the advancement of the nursing discipline's scientific knowledge are understanding the effective delivery of patient/family education, and reducing illness-related distress, both of which are integral to facilitating parental/child coping with the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer, and to promoting resilience and well-being of pediatric oncology patients and their families. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013; 60: 1031–1036. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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