No increase in psychosocial stress of Dutch children with cancer and their caregivers during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic

Marloes van Gorp, Heleen Maurice-Stam, Layla C. Teunissen, Wietske van de Peppel–van der Meer, Maaike Huussen, Antoinette Y.N. Schouten-van Meeteren, Martha A. Grootenhuis

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Abstract

We studied the psychosocial impact of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on Dutch children with cancer in outpatient care and their caregivers (n = 799) using regular monitoring and screening outcomes. No differences were observed between the pre-COVID-19 and early-COVID-19 periods in health-related quality of life and fatigue of children. Fewer caregivers were distressed during the COVID-19 period than pre-COVID-19. In conclusion, the additional stress of COVID-19 did not deteriorate psychosocial functioning of children with cancer and their caregivers. Results may be explained by alleviating daily life changes, experience in coping with medical traumatic stress, and appropriate care and support.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPediatric blood & cancer
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • caregivers
  • childhood cancer
  • psycho-oncology
  • psychological distress
  • quality of life

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