Parental View of Palliative Care in Children with Cancer: Integrative Review.

Pattama Boonchuaylua, Puangpaka Kongvattananon, Chomchuen Somprasert


The purpose of this integrative review is to describe parents’ views and needs whenit comes to palliative care in children with cancer at this critical phase. Ten publishedstudies of a literature search in PubMed, Science Direct and CINAHL were included inthis review. The analysis resulted in six themes: 1) good information and understandingof palliative care; 2) support by specialists in pediatric oncology; 3) respect as aknowledgeable expert; 4) emotional and psychological support; 5) effective communicationand 6) roles of actions. Professional nurses and health care professional teams shouldbe concerned about parents’ views and the need for palliative care for their children withcancer. They should also understand the child and their parents as the center ofindividual care. Further studies need to be performed in this area.

Keywords :
pediatric palliative care, children with cancer, parents’ views, parents’ needs

Address Correspondence to author:
Pattama Boonchuaylua, RN Faculty of Nursing, Thammasat University, 99 Klong 1, Khlong Neung, Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12121 , Thailand. email:

Received: August 29, 2017
Revision received: September 2, 2017
Accepted after revision: November 16, 2017
BKK Med J 2018;14(2): 101-107.

DOI: 10.31524/bkkmedj.2018.09.017

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