Next Article in Journal
The Challenges to Promoting Attachment for Hospitalised Infants with NAS
Previous Article in Journal
The Role of Alexithymia in Social Withdrawal during Adolescence: A Case–Control Study
Review

Important Aspects Influencing Delivery of Serious News in Pediatric Oncology: A Scoping Review

1
Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital Motol, 156 00 Prague, Czech Republic
2
Pediatric Supportive and Palliative Care Team, University Hospital Motol, 156 00 Prague, Czech Republic
3
First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, 121 08 Prague, Czech Republic
4
Center for Palliative Care, 101 00 Prague, Czech Republic
5
Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, 100 00 Prague, Czech Republic
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Peter Hauser
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 17 February 2021 / Accepted: 18 February 2021 / Published: 22 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Oncology and Hematology)
Delivering serious news presents a major challenge for clinical practice in pediatric oncology due to the complexity of the communication process and a number of aspects that influence how the serious news is delivered and received. This study aims to review and explore the aspects influencing the delivery of serious news in pediatric oncology from the perspective of physicians, parents, siblings and patients themselves. The MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus, Cochrane Library, PsycInfo and Medvik databases were systematically searched for relevant articles published from 1990 to 2017. Following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-analysis extension for scoping reviews (PRISMA-ScR) guidelines, 36 original papers were included. Identified aspects of communication were categorized into six thematic groups: initial setting, physician’s approach, information exchange, parental role, illness related aspects and age of the ill child. The importance of the aspects is perceived differently by parents, patients, siblings and physicians. This scoping review highlights that delivering serious news requires an individualized approach towards the patient and the family. Ten key objectives built upon the results of the literature review offer guidance for daily clinical practice in communication with pediatric patients and their families. View Full-Text
Keywords: communication; serious news; pediatric oncology communication; serious news; pediatric oncology
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Hrdlickova, L.; Polakova, K.; Loucka, M. Important Aspects Influencing Delivery of Serious News in Pediatric Oncology: A Scoping Review. Children 2021, 8, 166. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020166

AMA Style

Hrdlickova L, Polakova K, Loucka M. Important Aspects Influencing Delivery of Serious News in Pediatric Oncology: A Scoping Review. Children. 2021; 8(2):166. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020166

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hrdlickova, Lucie, Kristyna Polakova, and Martin Loucka. 2021. "Important Aspects Influencing Delivery of Serious News in Pediatric Oncology: A Scoping Review" Children 8, no. 2: 166. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020166

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop