RESEARCH REFLECTION Research in pediatric oncology: Engaging parents to strengthen research processes, outcomes and knowledge translation

Jill M. G. Bally, Solomon K. Mcharo


Childhood cancer is the most common disease-related cause of death in Canadian children aged 0-14 years, with more than 1,000 new diagnoses every year (Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee, 2019). Treatment for childhood cancers requires complex, intensive, and lengthy regimens, often lasting years. Each new diagnosis marks tremendous upheaval in the lives of the child and their family, and an opportunity for nurses in pediatric oncology to make a difference. However, to best intervene, it is crucial to understand the experiences and needs of parental caregivers who have children in treatment for cancer. Patient Oriented Research is one way to bring together patients, family members, researchers, healthcare providers, and decision-makers to actively collaborate, understand best practices, and create transformational positive change in pediatric oncology.

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