Psychosocial services for children with cancer often not evidence-based

A comprehensive survey of psychosocial services offered to families of children with cancer through 127 hospitals organised in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) has shown that many services are not systematically developed and offered on the basis of research evidence. Most services struggle with funding and time constraints. Great heterogeneity exists in terms of the type of services that are currently being offered in most institutions. More multi-site collaboration is needed to develop evidence-based standards of care. The survey is the largest to date on the availability of psychosocial services within COG member institutions. The findings of the study have been published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pbc.23235/abstract

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