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Adventure therapy for adolescents with cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15266414     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to describe adolescents' with cancer experience in an adventure therapy program from a health related quality of life (HRQL) perspective. A qualitative descriptive research method was used. Eleven adolescents and five health professionals participated in a guided group adventure therapy expedition in a remote area of Canada. The expedition was videotaped and data were collected using an unstructured interview format with both adolescents and health professionals. Emerging themes were identified using a qualitative descriptive exploratory analysis. Four major themes and related sub-themes were generated. The major themes were: developing connections, togetherness, rebuilding self-esteem, and creating memories. Adventure therapy was viewed by the adolescents and health care professionals as a positive experience with multiple benefits. This preliminary research will contribute to an understanding of adolescents' experiences with cancer and provide a basis for future studies evaluating the impact of adventure therapy on HRQL.
Bonnie Stevens; Susan Kagan; Janet Yamada; Iris Epstein; Madelyn Beamer; Mario Bilodeau; Sylvain Baruchel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric blood & cancer     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1545-5009     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Blood Cancer     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-21     Completed Date:  2004-09-01     Revised Date:  2009-01-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101186624     Medline TA:  Pediatr Blood Cancer     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  278-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Neoplasms / psychology*,  therapy*
Quality of Life*

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