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Brenda PachecoFollow

Start Date

17-11-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

17-11-2017 11:30 AM

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Background: Cancer can be a physically and emotionally damaging disease. While there are various conventional pediatric cancer treatments, complementary alternative medicine (CAM), specifically art interventions, may be helpful in the care of these patients.

Objective: The aims of this integrative review were; (1) determine if art interventions impact coping with cancer in a pediatric population, (2) determine if the duration of the art intervention influences the impact on coping.

Methods: Articles were found through the following databases: Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), PubMed, PsycInfo, and ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health. Key search terms used included cancer, neoplasms, oncology, leukemia, child, pediatric, childhood, art, music, dance, art craft, therapies, medicine, interventions, treatments, and program. Studies were published in English and included three art interventions (arts and crafts, music, and dance).

Results: After a thorough review of the literature and removal of duplicates, 258 studies were found. Seven studies conducted in the U.S., Vietnam, and Australia were selected for inclusion. The following themes were found in art interventions: effective distractor, form of self-expression, and positive facial affects.

Conclusion: The findings suggest evidence of reduced anxiety, decreased distress, and improved self-esteem amongst children with cancer who received various art interventions, however, there is a lack of evidence on the duration of art interventions and their impact. Further systematic studies should be conducted to explore the duration of art interventions that yield the most therapeutic results in stress coping in pediatric oncology patients.

Keywords: cancer; child; pediatric; art; music; dance; therapies; medicine; interventions; treatments

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Nov 17th, 10:00 AM Nov 17th, 11:30 AM

Complementary Art Interventions for Children Coping with Cancer: An Integrative Literature Review

Background: Cancer can be a physically and emotionally damaging disease. While there are various conventional pediatric cancer treatments, complementary alternative medicine (CAM), specifically art interventions, may be helpful in the care of these patients.

Objective: The aims of this integrative review were; (1) determine if art interventions impact coping with cancer in a pediatric population, (2) determine if the duration of the art intervention influences the impact on coping.

Methods: Articles were found through the following databases: Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), PubMed, PsycInfo, and ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health. Key search terms used included cancer, neoplasms, oncology, leukemia, child, pediatric, childhood, art, music, dance, art craft, therapies, medicine, interventions, treatments, and program. Studies were published in English and included three art interventions (arts and crafts, music, and dance).

Results: After a thorough review of the literature and removal of duplicates, 258 studies were found. Seven studies conducted in the U.S., Vietnam, and Australia were selected for inclusion. The following themes were found in art interventions: effective distractor, form of self-expression, and positive facial affects.

Conclusion: The findings suggest evidence of reduced anxiety, decreased distress, and improved self-esteem amongst children with cancer who received various art interventions, however, there is a lack of evidence on the duration of art interventions and their impact. Further systematic studies should be conducted to explore the duration of art interventions that yield the most therapeutic results in stress coping in pediatric oncology patients.

Keywords: cancer; child; pediatric; art; music; dance; therapies; medicine; interventions; treatments