The first research on the needs of parents of children with cancer in Romania

Author: The Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca – Department of Psychology

Sponsor: Kaufland România, the program „În stare de bine” (FDSC)

The study was initiated by the ‘Dăruiește Aripi’ Association and implemented by a group of researchers from the Department of Psychology at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, led by  Univ. Prof. Dr. Adriana Baban. 

The research received the Favorable Research Ethics Approval from the Scientific Council of Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. 

Research Results: 

The needs of parents and children identified by researchers following this analysis are as follows: 

  1. Rapid establishment of diagnosis and uninterrupted, free access to modern treatments. 
  2. Access to relevant information conveyed in an easily understandable manner. 
  3. Empathetic communication from medical staff with children and their relatives. 
  4. At the hospital  
  • facilities adapted for treatment, hygiene, learning, rest, and recreation. 
  • Avoidance of waiting times in clinics and outpatient departments. 
  • Adequate food catering to patients’ needs.

      5. Emotional support for children and their relatives. 

      6. Monitoring and management of post-hospitalization issues (medical, emotional, educational, administrative, financial) for functional readjustment to everyday life following the experience caused by the illness.

The study is available here.

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