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Faktorer inom vården som har betydelse för det psykiska måendet hos syskon till cancersjuka barn - en litteraturöversikt
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: When a child in the family is treated for cancer, the invasive roles in the family changes and the focus is on the sick child. Siblings of children with cancer can experience feelings and thoughts that can be difficult to handle on their own. 

Purpose: The purpose is to compile knowledge about which supportive and other factors in health care that affects the siblings psychological health after a brother or sisters cancer treatment. 

Method: Literature review based on 10 original articles. The research was applied to the database PubMed and the articles had qualitative and quantitative methods. 

Results: The results of this literature review can be divided into two categories; information and emotions, and seven subcategories; Cancer disease, involvement in the progression of the disease, before death, healthcare personnel, changes in the family, subjective experiences of having a sibling with cancer and lack of opportunity to talk about feelings and thoughts. The results show that the psychological health of siblings is adversely affected by inadequate information about cancer, disease progression and bodily changes before death. It also appears that the sibling's psychological health is adversely affected by lack of attention from parents and healthcare professionals. Factors that affects sibling's psychological health positively are the opportunity to express feelings and to have the feelings confirmed by parents or healthcare professionals. 

Conclusion: This literature review shows that siblings to a brother or sister with cancer need to get information and talk about their feelings and thoughts. Lack of information and emotional support from parents and healthcare professionals can lead to a negative impact of the psychological health. As a nurse it's important to pay attention to the sibling´s needs for support to prevent psychological illness later in life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
cancer, siblings, support, experience, psychological health, literature review
Keywords [sv]
cancer, syskon, stöd, upplevelse, psykiskt mående, litteraturöversikt
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-355305OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-355305DiVA, id: diva2:1228455
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Registered Nurse Programme
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Available from: 2018-08-13 Created: 2018-06-28 Last updated: 2018-08-13Bibliographically approved

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