Spiritual assessment and spiritual care offerings as a standard of care in pediatric oncology: A recommendation informed by a systematic review of the literature

Rhonda Robert, Pete Stavinoha, Barbara L. Jones, Jacob Robinson, Kara Larson, Rachel Hicklen, Blake Smith, Kathleen Perko, Kendra Koch, Stephen Findley, Meaghann S. Weaver

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Abstract

Children with cancer and their families experience shifts in spiritual wellness from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship or bereavement. An interdisciplinary team conducted a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research on spiritual assessments, interventions, and outcomes in childhood cancer following PRISMA guidelines using a PROSPERO registered protocol. Thirty-nine well-designed studies were included in the final analysis. The findings from this systematic review indicate the need for early spiritual assessment with offering of continued support for the spiritual functioning of children with cancer and their families as a standard of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere27764
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume66
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • chaplain
  • palliative
  • pediatric
  • pediatric oncology
  • spiritual
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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