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No increase in psychosocial stress of Dutch children with cancer and their caregivers during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic
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  • Marloes van Gorp,
  • Heleen Maurice-Stam,
  • Layla Teunissen,
  • Wietske van de Peppel - van der Meer,
  • Maaike Huussen,
  • Antoinette Schouten-van Meeteren,
  • Martha A. Grootenhuis
Marloes van Gorp
Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology
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Heleen Maurice-Stam
Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology
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Layla Teunissen
Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology
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Wietske van de Peppel - van der Meer
Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology
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Maaike Huussen
Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology
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Antoinette Schouten-van Meeteren
Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology
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Martha A. Grootenhuis
Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology
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Abstract

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 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.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

10 Sep 2020Submitted to Pediatric Blood & Cancer
10 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
10 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
12 Sep 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned