Sally-Ann Clarke

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We review evidence concerning health-related quality of life (HRQL) following paediatric haemopoietic stem cell transplant. The aims are to determine (1) HRQL compared with population norms; (2) changes in HRQL over time and (3) relations between pre-transplant variables (disease, individual and family resources) and survivor HRQL. Five databases were(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment of childhood cancer occurs over a 2- to 3-year period, with initial intense phases of chemotherapy followed by less severe treatment periods. From first diagnosis, families are encouraged by healthcare professionals (following government guidelines) to try to maintain a normal life. The aim of this paper is to contribute to our(More)
Social support is an important aspect of psychological functioning during diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Gender has been found to influence support preferences, and previous research suggests that women are more likely to seek and utilize support by comparison to men. This qualitative study explores how patients perceive the support they receive. It(More)
Asthmatic children are at risk of compromised health-related quality of life (HRQOL) compared with their healthy peers. This systematic review reports the range and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions designed to improve HRQOL amongst asthmatic children, adolescents, and their families. Data sources included The Cochrane Airways Group Trials(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of much care in chronic childhood illness is to improve quality of life (QOL). However, surveys suggest QOL measures are not routinely included. In addition, there is little consensus about the quality of many QOL measures. OBJECTIVES To determine the extent to which quality of life (QOL) measures are used in paediatric clinical trials(More)
AIM To review (1) prevalence and predictors of risk behaviours especially smoking and (2) values of interventions to reduce risk behaviours in childhood cancer survivors. METHOD A systematic search of four databases (OVID Medline (1966 to May week 2, 2006), CINAHL, EMBASE, and Pubmed (US Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health)) for articles(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The effects of growth hormone deficiency (GHD) on linear growth in children are well documented, but there is less convincing evidence regarding the impact on health-related quality of life (QOL). We examined QOL in children aged 8-16 years with acquired GHD following treatment for malignancy (AGHD) or idiopathic GHD (IGHD) on commencing(More)
BACKGROUND Thalassaemia Major (TM) is a serious condition characterized by life-long dependence on blood transfusions and chelation therapy. Our aim was to determine health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in children with TM living in the UK, and the impact of caring for a child receiving National Health Service treatment on family finances. METHODS This(More)
Many parents find decisions about what to tell their child with cancer difficult. Open communication is generally considered the best policy and most health care professionals encourage parents to talk openly and honestly about the illness. However, parents differ in their views about what to tell the child. In this study 55 parents of children (36 boys and(More)
BACKGROUND Haemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a life-saving but intensive procedure associated with potentially severe adverse late effects. We aimed to determine morbidity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in a sample of survivors aged 8-18 years at least 1 year post HSCT for paediatric acute leukaemia, compared with a(More)