Ulrika C Kreicbergs

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PURPOSE Palliative care is an important part of cancer treatment. However, little is known about how care-related factors affect bereaved intimates in a long-term perspective. We conducted a population-based, nationwide study addressing this issue, focusing on potential care-related stressors in parents losing a child to cancer. METHODS In 2001, we(More)
BACKGROUND Parental feelings of guilt can be a serious problem after the death of a child to a malignancy. This study identified predictors of feelings of guilt in parents during the year after a child's death. METHODS The Swedish Cause of Death Register and Swedish Cancer Register were used to identify all parents in Sweden who had a child who died of a(More)
BACKGROUND One of the questions faced by the parents of a child who is terminally ill with a malignant disease is whether or not they should talk about death with their child. METHODS In 2001, we attempted to contact all parents in Sweden who had lost a child to cancer between 1992 and 1997. Among 561 eligible parents, 449 answered a questionnaire, and(More)
PURPOSE The best possible urinary diversion after cystectomy, if any, is yet to be defined to our knowledge. Therefore, we investigated nocturnal urinary disturbances and quality of life in individuals who have undergone cystectomy with urinary diversion for bladder cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS All patients 30 to 80 years old who had undergone cystectomy(More)
A proposed nationwide postal questionnaire to Swedish parents who had lost a child due to cancer between 1992 and 1997 was denied approval by the local ethics committee. However, a pilot study to assess the harm and benefit of the questionnaire was approved. 95% of parents found the pilot study valuable; thus, we were allowed to proceed with the main study,(More)
In this population-based study, we found that parents who are aware that their child will die from a malignancy are more likely to care for their child at home during the child's last month of life compared to parents who are not aware. End-of-life home care was comparable to hospital care for satisfactory pain relief, access to pain relief and access to(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the present study is to examine bereaved siblings' perception of research participation. METHODS A Swedish nationwide study on avoidable and modifiable health care-related factors in paediatric oncology among bereaved siblings who lost a brother or sister to cancer between the years 2000 and 2007 was conducted. Data are(More)
We investigated the feasibility of using single-item visual-digital scales for measuring anxiety and depression for research purposes within the oncology and palliative care setting. Data were retrieved from five nationwide postal questionnaires comprising 3030 individuals (response rate 76%): cancer patients, widows/parents who had lost their husband/child(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence of unresolved grief in bereaved young adult siblings and examine possible contributing factors. METHODS The study was a Swedish population-based study of young adults who had lost a brother or sister to cancer, 2-9 years earlier. Of 240 eligible siblings, 174 (73%) completed a study-specific(More)
AIM To estimate whether and when children dying from a malignancy are recognized as being beyond cure and to study patterns of care the last weeks of life. METHODS A nationwide retrospective medical record review was conducted. Medical records of 95 children (60% of eligible children) who died from a malignancy 2007-2009 in Sweden were studied. RESULTS(More)