Rural families' perspectives on having a child with cancer

Shannon Scott-Findlay, Karen Chalmers

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    The goal of this study was to explore and describe the experience of being or having a child with cancer in a rural geographic area. An exploratory, descriptive study was conducted that used semistructured, in-depth, tape-recorded interviews as the primary data collection method. Ten rural families who each had a child with cancer formed the sample. Data were analyzed with qualitative analysis procedures. Families' descriptions revealed that their experiences were fraught with challenges that were due to living a great distance from the cancer treatment center. Descriptions of their experiences are presented in this report. Recommendations for health care professionals, particularly pediatric oncology nurses, to assist rural families in coping with their challenges are also offered. © 2001 by Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)205-216
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001


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