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

Marloes van Gorp, Heleen Maurice Stam, Layla Teunissen, Wietske van de Peppel van der Meer, Maaike Huussen, Antoinette Schouten van Meeteren, Martha A Grootenhuis
2020 unpublished
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 COVID-19 era in health-related quality of life and fatigue of children. Fewer caregivers were distressed during the COVID-19 era than pre-COVID-19. In conclusion, the additional stress of COVID-19 did not deteriorate psychosocial functioning
more » ... osocial 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.
doi:10.22541/au.159986571.11070780 fatcat:snum2szgyzbqbbzkplrk376vvy