Objective: To evaluate the effects of multi-dimensional humanistic care on kids with hematological malignancies and their parents and facilitate the effective nursing experience and professional nursing in such clinical care.
Methods: A total of 567 children with cancer and their parents were enrolled in this study. From January to December in 2017, multi-dimensional humanistic care was systematically implemented to provide care for all these patients and their family members. A warm and comfortable in-patient atmosphere was created with regular playing-games, health education meetings, and personal palliative care support were provided to all newly-diagnosed pediatric cancer patients and their parents who admitted to our department. In the meanwhile, case management were implemented by nurses. Children and parents in demand were referred to game therapists and social workers for visits, psychological counseling and emotional support. Financial assistance was also provided to care for those well-off families to support their systemic cancer treatment. Follow-up visits to hospitals were also offered.
Results: The implementation of multi-dimensional humanistic care measures significantly reduced the anxiety level of hospitalized children with cancer and their parents, which in turn improve their treatment compliance. Next, more easier caregiving ability and compliance were also recorded. The results of satisfaction survey showed that the satisfaction to nursing care rose from 85.6% in 2016 to 96.9% in 2017 after the implementation of multi-dimensional humanistic care in our hospital. The nurses' service attitude, medication guidance, hospitalization guidance, timely bedside services, and nurses' operating technology satisfaction also increased by 10.86%, 12.17%, 8.3%, 12.80%, and 12.15% respectively.
Conclusion: The multi-dimensional humanistic care effectively reduces the anxiety of kids with hematological malignancies and their parents, improves the caregiver's caring ability and compliance, and their satisfaction to nursing care. All these results point out the significance of systemic care services in the childhood cancer therapy, it is noteworthy to pour more attention and capacity to the clinics which may facilitate the cancer treatment.
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