Lived Experiences of Adolescents in the Treatment Process of Cancer and the Impact on Occupations

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 4, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 4, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hackensack University Medical Center

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this phenomenological study is to discover and illuminate the experiences of adolescents in the treatment process of cancer and the meanings they attach to these experiences, while maintaining their daily routines. The focus area of interest lies in the impact side-effects (psychological and physical) which these treatments may have on an individual's ability to participate with peers, maintain social activities, and be involved in daily occupation(s).

Condition or disease
Pediatric Cancer

Detailed Description:

This study will explore the following research questions: 1. How do adolescent patients in the treatment process of cancer perceive and describe their experience of engaging in occupational routines? 2. What effect does the treatment process of cancer have on an adolescent's ability to participate in life situations such as creating and maintaining relationships with family, friends, peers, students, or people with similar backgrounds?

By doing this study, researchers hope to gain information so that occupational therapists can increase the profession's present body of knowledge and better understand these individuals at a transitional period in their lives.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 4 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Lived Experiences of Adolescents in the Treatment Process of Cancer and the Impact of Occupations
Study Start Date : December 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2011

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Lifestyle changes [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    Participants will be interviewed for observations of disease effect.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adolescents being treating for cancer and the impact of their lived experience on engagement in occupations and social participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pediatric cancer patients

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00456209

United States, New Jersey
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, 07601
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hackensack University Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Gary Grimaldi, MA

Responsible Party: Hackensack University Medical Center Identifier: NCT00456209     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06.02.112
First Posted: April 4, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 4, 2014
Last Verified: February 2014

Keywords provided by Hackensack University Medical Center:
Lived Experiences
Cancer Treatment