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Child health
Using draw-and-tell methods to inform clinical nursing assessments with children aged 6–12 years
  1. Susan Neilson
  1. School of Nursing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Susan Neilson, School of Nursing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; s.j.neilson{at}

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Commentary on: Linder LA, Bratton H, Nguyen A, et al. Symptoms and self-management strategies identified by children with cancer using draw-and-tell interviews. Oncol Nurs Forum 2018;45:290–300.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses should consider using arts-based approaches when assessing symptoms experienced by children with cancer and identifying and exploring the self-management strategies employed.

  • Further research exploring the use of draw-and-tell methods to inform clinical nursing assessments could inform practice.


The importance and complexity of effective communication in informing children’s knowledge and understanding of their cancer and care, is recognised1 2 Challenges can arise from the acknowledged need for communication to be appropriate for, and tailored to, each individual child.2 School-aged children aged 6–12 years with cancer should be supported, according to their ability, to describe their symptoms and self-identified strategies for their …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.