The Experience of Therapeutic Support Groups by Siblings of Children with Cancer

Margaretha Nolbris, PhDc, MSc, RN; Jonas Abrahamsson, MD, PhD; Anna-Lena Hellström, PhD, RN; Lisa Olofsson, MSc, RN; Karin Enskär, PhD, RN


Pediatr Nurs. 2010;36(6):298-304. 

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Implications for Nursing Practice and Future Research

A therapeutic support group for siblings of children with cancer should be included in the care of the family and be offered several times during and after the treatment to help siblings through their brother's or sister's childhood cancer. A support group for siblings can make it easier for them to deal with and understand their feelings. Support groups can also be used in other situations when there is a seriously ill child in the family. More intervention studies will need to be conducted in the future to help siblings talk about their experiences.


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