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Psychosocial care

Last update on: 04/09/2009


The umbrella organisation DLFH and the German Childhood Cancer Foundation have gotten actively involved on all levels in favour of adequate psychosocial care of children suffering from cancer and their families.

Why is it important?

Due to cutbacks in the health sector, hard-earned positions in this area within the paediatric oncological centres are at risk on a repeated basis. At many hospitals, the psychosocial care of the patients and their family is only assured by means of cross financing from third-party centres belonging to regional parents' associations - a grievance of which those in charge in the health sector should be advised of.


For this reason, particular emphasis is therefore also placed on the funding of research projects from this area. In financing the development of guidelines for level 3 of psychosocial care in paediatric oncology, a considerable contribution to quality assurance and transparency was made and attention was also turned towards the psychological and social impacts of cancer illnesses in childhood and youth.


Total funding to the amount of 103,334 Euros was provided for this project (DLFH 2007-01 and 2003.01)


Development of guidelines, recommendations concerning boundary conditions, and basic documentation for psychosocial care in paediatric oncology and haematology

Schröder H.M.1, Lilienthal S.2, Schreiber-Gollwitzer B.M.3, Griessmeier B.4


1Clinic for Children and Youth Medicine, Paediatric Oncology and Haematology, University of Lübeck 2 Clinic for Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, University Clinic Hamburg, 3 Clinic for Children's and Youth Medicine of the Third Order, Munich, 4 Centre for Children's and Youth Medicine, Paediatric Oncology and Haematology, University of Frankfurt


Please also have a look at the following references:

Full edition of the guideline online at www.uni-duesseldorf.de/AWMF/ll/025-002.htm

Brief edition of the guideline online at www.uni-duesseldorf.de/AWMF/ll/025-002k.htm

Method report www.uni-duesseldorf.de/AWMF/ll/025-002m.htm