The psychological, psychosocial and emotional wellbeing of children and young people with leukaemia

Emma Dinsmore, Leah Rosengarten

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Abstract

Background: Leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer, and with the success of current treatment, it has an overall survival rate of up to 92%. Despite this, treatment does not come without consequences. As a result, it is no surprise that recent research has examined the long-term implications of this treatment.
Methods: An integrative review was conducted to capture a broad range of primary research studies from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Four electronic databases were searched, displaying 3239 articles, of which nine met all the inclusion criteria. This integrative review explores these studies, using thematic analysis, with the purpose of identifying the impact this disease has on the psychological, psychosocial and emotional wellbeing of children and young people (CYP) diagnosed with leukaemia.
Results: The review highlighted the vast impact that a leukaemia diagnosis can have on CYP and five main trends emerged: experienced emotions; relationships with peers; relationships with family; academic challenges; and differentiating factors.
Discussion: As a result of the findings, it is recommended that CYP receive psychological support from diagnosis, with a regular reassessment throughout treatment. Parents and carers require support to enable them to efficiently care for their children. It is evident from this review that further research in this area would be beneficial to address some gaps in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1020-1028
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Volume31
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2022

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