Special Issue "Comprehensive Care for Children with Cancer: Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Approaches"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020) | Viewed by 12108
Interests: pediatric cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplant; palliative care; patient-reported outcomes
Nursing Research Associate, Paediatric Advanced Care Team, Hospital for Sick Children
Interests: pediatric palliative care; quality of care; pediatric cancer; health services research
In recent decades, we have witnessed some remarkable advances in childhood cancer care. At the same time, cancer continues to present the more than 10,000 children (age 0–14 years) diagnosed with it every year with substantial challenges. Intensive treatment, and the effects of the cancer itself, can profoundly impair their physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Children with advanced cancer, for whom treatment may not be curative, are known to experience distress from a variety of sources. For others, a cure is possible, yet even in these circumstances, survivors of cancer live with a range of long-term and late effects. The impact of cancer extends to families of all these children as well.
Helping children with cancer and their families live and live well takes a cadre of health care professionals. Such individuals represent a range of professions (e.g., nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, child life specialists, and physical therapists) and disciplines/specialties (e.g., oncology, surgery, psychiatry, palliative care, and physiatry). While much care in pediatric oncology is hospital-based, community-based clinicians and organizations play a critical role in addressing the multidimensional needs of children with cancer and their families across care settings.
Interprofessional and interdisciplinary cancer care for children presents a wealth of opportunities for collaboration and synergy in the delivery of comprehensive care. It also poses challenges to the delivery of well-coordinated and seamless care. This Special Issue, “Comprehensive Care for Children with Cancer: Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Approaches”, will focus on existing strategies and best practices for attending to the multidimensional needs of children with cancer and their families, including topics focused on a specific profession or discipline, or topics pertaining to collaboration and the coordination of care across professions or disciplines. It will also emphasize advances in clinical care, education, and training, promoting such care, and opportunities for furthering comprehensive care for children through interprofessional and interdisciplinary care. Reviews, quality improvement, and original research will be considered for publication.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Christina K. Ullrich
Dr. Kimberley A Widger
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- childhood cancer
- pediatric oncology
- cancer care