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Conference Paper: Relationships among therapy-related symptoms, depressive symptoms and quality of life in Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer

TitleRelationships among therapy-related symptoms, depressive symptoms and quality of life in Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer
Authors
KeywordsPediatrics
Issue Date2011
PublisherMedcom Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkjpaed.org/index.asp
Citation
Joint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011. The Hong Kong Paediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with Hong Kong Paediatric Nurses Association, Hong Kong, 4-5 June 2011. In Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics, 2011, v. 16 n. 3, p. 228 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: With advances in cancer screening and medical treatment, the cancer survival rates are higher than ever before. Yet, the course of treatment for cancer, in particular the adverse effects of cancer treatment are distressing, which may severely affect the quality of life of children. Whilst much of the attention has focused on medical treatment, the consequences of therapy-related symptoms on the psychological well-being and quality of life in children hospitalized with cancer remain relatively underexplored. AIMS: This study explored the relationships among therapy-related symptoms, depressive symptoms and quality of life in Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was employed. A total of 135 Hong Kong Chinese children (8-18-year olds) admitted for cancer treatment in a paediatric oncology unit were invited to participate. Participants were asked to respond to the Therapy-Related Symptom Checklist for Children (TRSC-C), Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQLTM 3.0 Cancer Module). RESULTS: The results of the study indicated that Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer generally presented some depressive symptoms and reported poor health-related quality of life. Besides, there was a strong negative correlation between therapy-related symptoms and health-related quality of life. Conversely, there was a strong positive correlation between therapy-related symptoms and depressive symptoms. The findings indicate that children hospitalized with cancer reported greater symptom severity would report greater symptomatology of depression and experience poor quality of life. CONCLUSION: The study has addressed a gap in the literature by exploring the relationships among therapyrelated symptoms, depressive symptoms and quality of life in Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer, an area of research that is under-represented in the existing literature. The findings reveal that treatment of cancer has tremendous impact on children's quality of life. There is an imperative need for nurses to evaluate appropriate nursing interventions that can help children ease the burden of cancer treatment, enhance their quality of life and provide support for them to fight cancer at every step of their long and difficult journey.
DescriptionThis journal issue contain Proceedings of the Joint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011
Open Access Journal
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/141285
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dc.contributor.authorLi, WHCen_US
dc.contributor.authorChui, SY-
dc.contributor.authorHo, KY-
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-23T06:30:01Z-
dc.date.available2011-09-23T06:30:01Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationJoint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011. The Hong Kong Paediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with Hong Kong Paediatric Nurses Association, Hong Kong, 4-5 June 2011. In Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics, 2011, v. 16 n. 3, p. 228en_US
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dc.descriptionThis journal issue contain Proceedings of the Joint Annual Scientific Meeting 2011-
dc.descriptionOpen Access Journal-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: With advances in cancer screening and medical treatment, the cancer survival rates are higher than ever before. Yet, the course of treatment for cancer, in particular the adverse effects of cancer treatment are distressing, which may severely affect the quality of life of children. Whilst much of the attention has focused on medical treatment, the consequences of therapy-related symptoms on the psychological well-being and quality of life in children hospitalized with cancer remain relatively underexplored. AIMS: This study explored the relationships among therapy-related symptoms, depressive symptoms and quality of life in Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was employed. A total of 135 Hong Kong Chinese children (8-18-year olds) admitted for cancer treatment in a paediatric oncology unit were invited to participate. Participants were asked to respond to the Therapy-Related Symptom Checklist for Children (TRSC-C), Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQLTM 3.0 Cancer Module). RESULTS: The results of the study indicated that Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer generally presented some depressive symptoms and reported poor health-related quality of life. Besides, there was a strong negative correlation between therapy-related symptoms and health-related quality of life. Conversely, there was a strong positive correlation between therapy-related symptoms and depressive symptoms. The findings indicate that children hospitalized with cancer reported greater symptom severity would report greater symptomatology of depression and experience poor quality of life. CONCLUSION: The study has addressed a gap in the literature by exploring the relationships among therapyrelated symptoms, depressive symptoms and quality of life in Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer, an area of research that is under-represented in the existing literature. The findings reveal that treatment of cancer has tremendous impact on children's quality of life. There is an imperative need for nurses to evaluate appropriate nursing interventions that can help children ease the burden of cancer treatment, enhance their quality of life and provide support for them to fight cancer at every step of their long and difficult journey.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherMedcom Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkjpaed.org/index.asp-
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dc.subjectPediatrics-
dc.titleRelationships among therapy-related symptoms, depressive symptoms and quality of life in Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with canceren_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLi, WHC: william3@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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