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Title: An exploration of the nature of relationships between parents and their child's practitioners during the first year of treatment for childhood leukaemia
Author: Davies, S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 8154
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis consists of two sections, a literature review paper and an empirical paper. Both papers are intended for publication and are written in the styles of the intended journals, which are indicated on the title page of each paper. A brief outline of each paper is presented in this introductory chapter. Literature Review Good relationships between parents and medical practitioners when a child has cancer can improve parents’ experience of their children’s treatment at this traumatic time (Gibbins, Steinhardt, & Beinart, 2012). However, tensions between the gruelling demands of medical treatment and the intense emotional needs of the family can threaten the parent-practitioner relationship (Masera et al., 1998). Difficulties in the relationship between parents and practitioners can also adversely affect adherence to treatment (De Oliveira, Viana, Zani, & Romanha, 2004; Lilleyman & Lennard, 1996; Wolfe et al., 2000) and have negative implications for how the family experience the illness (Dixon-Woods, Findlay, Young, Cox, & Heney, 2001; Young, Dixon-Woods, Findlay, & Heney, 2002). The literature review paper reports on a narrative review of the literature which aimed to synthesise the available research on problems within the parent-practitioner relationship to develop understanding of what causes problems within the relationship so they can be avoided or managed. Empirical Paper The empirical paper reports on a qualitative study, informed by the literature review, which aimed to increase knowledge about the parent-practitioner relationship in childhood cancer care by exploring parents’ accounts of problems within this relationship. Data used in the study came from the Relationships Between Parents and Practitioners Regarding Children with Leukaemia (RAPPORT) study, a longitudinal qualitative study which examined parent-practitioner relationships in the care of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. It is hoped that developing understanding of how interactions between parents and practitioners can meet or fail to address the needs of parents will help practitioners to negotiate tensions in their relationships through an improved understanding of parents’ needs.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral