“Coming through the fog, coming over the moors”: The impact on pediatric oncologists of caring for seriously ill children
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Background. Pediatric palliative care has made substantial strides in the past decade; less attention has focused on providing emotional support to the pediatric oncologist.Methods. I interviewed a total of 30 pediatric oncologists throughout the United States using a semistructured interview guide; anxiety and depression scales were administered. Major themes were identified.Results. Most (57%) had experienced serious illnesses during their own childhood or adolescence; 77% had experienced significant medical events in their parents or siblings prior to adulthood.Conclusions. Pediatric oncologists need help mastering their own healing so they can be helpful to patients and families.
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