Feasibility and preliminary outcomes from a pilot study of a brief psychological intervention for families of children newly diagnosed with cancer

Anne E. Kazak, Steven Simms, Melissa A. Alderfer, Mary T. Rourke, Terry Crump, Kelly McClure, Portia Jones, Alyssa Rodriguez, Alexandra Boeving, Wei Ting Hwang, Anne Reilly

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Abstract

Objective: To report initial feasibility and outcome from a pilot study of a new three-session intervention for caregivers of children newly diagnosed with cancer, Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program - Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND). Method: Nineteen families (38 caregivers) were randomly assigned to SCCIP-ND or treatment as usual subsequent to learning of their child's illness. The study design included pre- and 2-month postintervention assessments, with state anxiety and posttraumatic stress symptoms as outcomes. Feasibility was based on therapist feedback and supervision, program evaluations, and data from study-tracking procedures. Results: SCCIP-ND appears to be an acceptable intervention that can be used successfully with caregivers over the first few months after diagnosis. Recruitment and retention data document feasibility but also highlight challenges. Preliminary outcome data show changes in the desired direction [e.g., reduced anxiety and parental posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS)]. Conclusions: The pilot data are supportive of the value and challenges of developing evidence-based family interventions in pediatric psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-655
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume30
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Children
  • Families
  • Intervention
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Randomized clinical trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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