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Play as a care strategy for children with cancer

Lo lúdico como estrategia en cuidado de niños con cáncer

OBJECTIVE:

To understand the influence of play in the care process as perceived by children with cancer.

METHOD:

A descriptive, exploratory and qualitative study conducted in a children's cancer unit in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Data were collected between October 2013 and January 2014 by means of photographic records and semi-structured interviews with eight children, and content analysis with emphasis on two categories: Auxiliary instruments during play; and The influence of play in the process of care.

RESULTS:

Recreational activities involve watching television, using computers, games and toys, drawing, the playroom and the clown, which provide fun, feelings of joy, distraction and interaction with other people.

CONCLUSION:

There are several activities at the hospital that are considered play-related and, for the children, they all benefit their care process.

Play therapy; Oncology nursing; Child, hospitalized


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