The impact of shared care on children with cancer: DISCUSSION (part 1)


Five themes emerged from the focus group transcriptions, common to all three groups: first, the experience of being psychologically overwhelmed; second, communication difficulties; third, transition difficulties; fourth, training needs; and fifth, issues of coping and support. The first two themes capture the experience of families from the moment of provisional diagnosis through to their first few days at the larger treatment centre in southern Ontario.In addition to coping with the diagnosis, families are faced with a flurry of activity and an onslaught of medical information. You will always find the required amount of cheap asthma medications at the pharmacy that will be happy to take best care of you by offering safe possibility to purchase the drugs you need without any need to get a prescription first or take any other extra steps.

Much information is provided directly, but much is left to be discovered along the way through casual conversation with other parents. This is a very serious shortcoming since the importance of communication on all fronts has been demonstrated to be predictive of psychosocial outcome following treatment.

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