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Oncological Children and Well-Being: Occupational Performance and HRQOL Change after Fine Motor Skills Stimulation Activities

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Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 39100 Bozen, Italy
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Province College for Health-Care Professions Claudiana, 39100 Bozen, Italy
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Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, University of Padua, 35100 Padua, Italy
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CEP, Center for Occupational Therapy, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland
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Learning Training Department, SUPSI, 6600 Locarno, Switzerland
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Faculty of Medicine “A. Gemelli”, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, 00168 Rome, Italy
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Clinic of Pediatric Oncohematology, Department of Child and Woman Health, University of Padua, 35100 Padua, Italy
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Academic Editor: Maurizio Aricò
Received: 1 February 2021 / Revised: 24 May 2021 / Accepted: 29 June 2021 / Published: 5 July 2021
Cancer children experience long periods of hospitalization, which are associated with limited performance in several developmental domains and participation restrictions in age appropriate occupations. Fine motor abilities represent building blocks in performing daily life skills and have been found to be closely connected with later academic success. Moreover, medical and psychological sequelae for cancer inpatients may result in diminished daily activities functioning, poor perceived health related quality of life (HRQOL), and increase the likelihood of long-term impairments. This study examines the variations in the occupational performance of children hospitalized for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) after their participation to a stimulation program designed to enhance fine motor skills. Parents reported significant gains in children’s motor functioning, a slight improvement in overall occupational performance related to an increase in the area of productivity and self-care, and a better quality of life perception following the stimulation activities. Feasibility of the stimulation program in a health care setting are discussed evaluating its benefits for cancer children and their families. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational performance; fine motor skills; health related quality of life; leukemia children; well-being occupational performance; fine motor skills; health related quality of life; leukemia children; well-being
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Taverna, L.; Bellavere, M.; Tremolada, M.; Santinelli, L.; Rudelli, N.; Mainardi, M.; Onder, G.; Putti, M.C.; Biffi, A.; Tosetto, B. Oncological Children and Well-Being: Occupational Performance and HRQOL Change after Fine Motor Skills Stimulation Activities. Pediatr. Rep. 2021, 13, 383-400. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pediatric13030046

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Taverna L, Bellavere M, Tremolada M, Santinelli L, Rudelli N, Mainardi M, Onder G, Putti MC, Biffi A, Tosetto B. Oncological Children and Well-Being: Occupational Performance and HRQOL Change after Fine Motor Skills Stimulation Activities. Pediatric Reports. 2021; 13(3):383-400. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pediatric13030046

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Taverna, Livia, Martina Bellavere, Marta Tremolada, Lietta Santinelli, Nicola Rudelli, Michele Mainardi, Graziano Onder, Maria C. Putti, Alessandra Biffi, and Barbara Tosetto. 2021. "Oncological Children and Well-Being: Occupational Performance and HRQOL Change after Fine Motor Skills Stimulation Activities" Pediatric Reports 13, no. 3: 383-400. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pediatric13030046

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