Integrating child-centred and family-centred approaches in children’s cancer nursing
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Integrating child-centred and family-centred approaches in children’s cancer nursing

Rebecca Boden Senior lecturer in children’s nursing, Centre for Health Innovation, School of Health, Science and Wellbeing, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of child-centred and family-centred care in children’s cancer nursing

  • To increase your awareness of the benefits and challenges of child-centred and family-centred approaches

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

A diagnosis of cancer in a child or young person and the subsequent treatment have far-reaching consequences not only for the child or young person but also for their parents or carers and wider family. Family-centred care is an established approach whereby healthcare professionals work in partnership with parents to meet the child’s needs and make decisions about the child’s care. Child-centred care, whereby the child or young person plays a central and active role in care and decision-making, has become more prevalent in healthcare in recent years. There is a debate about the benefits and drawbacks of the two approaches, which both lack supporting evidence. This article discusses how nurses working in children’s cancer care can use a mix of child-centred and family-centred approaches to tailor their care to the individual needs of the child or young person and their family. The author also examines the challenges of family-centred care and child-centred care and discusses how these can be overcome.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2023.e1838

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Rebecca.Boden@staffs.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Boden R (2023) Integrating child-centred and family-centred approaches in children’s cancer nursing. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2023.e1838

Published online: 17 May 2023

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