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'Through my eyes': Health-promoting factors described by photographs taken by children with experience of cancer treatment
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5586-3810
School of Health and Welfare, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden.
School of Health and Welfare, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
2016 (English)In: Child Care Health and Development, ISSN 0305-1862, E-ISSN 1365-2214, Vol. 42, no 1, 76-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Health promotion for children with cancer should be based on the children's own needs and desires. Because there is a lack of knowledge in this area, the aim of this study was to explore what promotes health from the perspective of children with experience of cancer treatment.

Methods

Fifteen children between 8 and 12 years of age participated in focus groups with three children in each group. The children were given a camera and instructions to photograph subjects that promote their health. Focus group discussions were based on the photographs and the children's own description of those photographs. The analysis of focus group discussions and photographs was conducted using inductive content analysis.

Results

According to the children, health-promoting factors are defined as meaningful relationshipsrecreational activities and a trustful environment. Meaningful relationships include togetherness within the familyaffection for pets and friendship with peers. Recreational activities include engagement in play and leisurewithdrawal for relaxation and feeling enjoyment. Trustful environment includesconfidence in significant others and feeling safe.

Conclusions

Knowledge from this study can contribute to health promotion interventions and quality improvements in the health care of children with experience of cancer treatment. Children's experiences with what promotes health in their everyday lives provide a better understanding of the type of support children prefer when promoting their own health.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 42, no 1, 76-86 p.
Keyword [en]
cancer, children's perspective, focus group, health promotion, photography
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27870DOI: 10.1111/cch.12285PubMedID: 26303054Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84940094691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-27870DiVA: diva2:851687
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2015-12-21Bibliographically approved
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1. To promote health in children with experience of cancer treatment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>To promote health in children with experience of cancer treatment
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis was to develop knowledge about how to promote health in children treated for cancer and how health promotion interventions based on such knowledge can be evaluated. In this thesis, a descriptive and explorative design has been used, comprising both qualitative (Papers I-III) and quantitative (Papers I and IV) methods. A nationwide cohort of 144 childhood cancer survivors (24-42 years) answered a questionnaire about the support they had received from health care services (Paper I). Fifteen children (8-12years), with experience of cancer treatment, participated in five focus groups with two sessions per group (Paper II and III). The focus group methodology was combined with participatory and art-based techniques, such as draw and tell and photography. The children discussed what promotes health and what friendship is about. A methodological design was used to psychometrically test the Swedish version of the Minneapolis-Manchester Quality of Life instrument (MMQL) (Paper IV). The study included 950 pupils in grade 6 and 9 from seven primary schools. In addition to this, a comparison of the MMQL instrument with the health-promoting factors described by children in the focus groups was performed.

The findings showed that there is a need for health-promoting factors, such as knowledge and psychosocial support, from health care services for childhood cancer survivors. Their family and friends may contribute with support and then serve as health-promoting factors. Health-promoting factors, according to children 8-12 years of age and with experience of cancer treatment, are meaningful relationships, recreational activities and a trustful environment. The children expressed a holistic view of what promotes their health. Friendship, from the perspective of the children, is a process of equal and mutual commitment that develops over time and with interactions occurring face-to-face and digitally. The MMQL instrument may be valid and reliable in a sample of healthy children. However, less than one-third of the items in the MMQL instrument could be linked to the health-promoting factors that the children participating in the focus groups highlighted. In conclusion, the findings in this thesis contribute knowledge from a participant perspective regarding the needs and the experiences of health-promoting factors for those who have received treatment for cancer. This knowledge could form a basis for development of health promotion interventions aimed at children who have received treatment for cancer. It is suggested that if the MMQL instrument is used to evaluate health promotion among children who have received treatment for cancer, the MMQL should be complemented with items that capture aspects of health that are important to the children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, 2016. 95 p.
Series
Hälsohögskolans avhandlingsserie, ISSN 1654-3602 ; 66
Keyword
Children, cancer, health promotion, nursing, focus group, photography, questionnaire, validity, reliability
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28677 (URN)978-91-85835-65-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-01-28, Forum Humanum, Hälsohögskolan i Jönköping, Jönköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved

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