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Childhood Cancer Survivor's Services Needs for the Better Quality of Life

소아암 완치자의 삶의 질 향상을 위한 서비스 욕구

  • Kim, Min-Ah (School of Social Work, University of Southern California) ;
  • Yi, Jae-Hee (College of Social Work, University of Utah)
  • 김민아 (남가주대학교 사회사업대학원) ;
  • 이재희 (유타대학교 사회사업학과)
  • Received : 2011.10.27
  • Accepted : 2011.12.07
  • Published : 2012.01.31

Abstract

Purpose: The study aimed to identity specific needs for services and programs to help childhood cancer survivors adjust and adapt to life after treatment. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 31 childhood cancer survivors, diagnosed with cancer before the age of 18 and currently between 15 and 39 years of age. Each survivor had completed his/her cancer treatment. Results: The participating cancer survivors reported needs for services related to psychological counseling, schooling and learning, social skills, mentorship, integrated health management, self support activities, families of survivors, and public recognition and awareness. Conclusion: The results of the study indicate a need to better understand childhood cancer survivors, provides a basis for developing various services and programs to improve the quality of life among childhood cancer patients, survivors, and their families, and supports the importance of psychosocial adjustment.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국백혈병어린이재단

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