Title

Parental Treatment Decision Making in Pediatric Oncology

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Journal

Seminars in Oncology Nursing

Volume

21

Issue

2

DOI

10.1016/j.soncn.2004.12.003

Abstract

Objective: To review progress and future plans for a research program about parents' making treatment decisions for their children with cancer. Data Sources: Theoretical papers, review articles, and research reports. Conclusion: Three important questions need to be addressed to achieve the goal of supporting parents in treatment decision making: 1) What factors predict a parent's preferred role in decision making? 2) What are the critical outcomes from parental decision making that nurses could help to improve? 3) Is it role choice, actual role assumed, or congruence between preferred and actual role in decision making that predicts decision outcomes for the parents? Implications for Nursing Practice: Research-based responses to the remaining questions about parent treatment decision making will help nurses develop and test interventions designed to support parents in their decision making experiences. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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