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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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