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Paediatric Illness: The Role of Social Context in Childhood Cancer

By John F Connolly

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The impact and interaction of paediatric\ud illness on child, family and the\ud broader social context represent key\ud areas of concern for both researcher\ud and practitioner. The prevalence\ud of paediatric chronic illness has\ud been estimated at as high as 19%\ud (Newacheck & Stoddard, 1994). In\ud the past many paediatric illnesses were\ud identified, treated, and conceptualised\ud within a biomedical context which left\ud little room for the examination of how\ud other factors such as social context may\ud contribute. This was, in part, due to the\ud dominance of the biomedical model\ud (Ogden, 2004) but also due to the\ud fact that, historically, many paediatric\ud illnesses had survival rates as low as\ud 26% (Patenaude & Kupst, 2005). This\ud resulted in a tendency to focus on\ud mortality and a reduction in attention\ud to psychosocial factors (Eiser, 1994).\ud Paediatric cancer serves as a useful\ud example of this

Publisher: The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eresearch.qmu.ac.uk:918

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