Supporting Siblings as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Oncology

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Dec;62 Suppl 5:S750-804. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25821.


In this study, evidence is provided for supporting siblings as a standard of care in pediatric oncology. Using Medline, PsycInfo, and CINAHL, a systematic search of articles published over the past two decades about siblings of children with cancer was conducted. A total of 125 articles, which were primarily descriptive studies, were evaluated by the four investigators using Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) criteria. There is moderate-quality evidence, as well as support from community stakeholders, to justify a strong recommendation that siblings of children with cancer should be provided with psychosocial services and that parents and professionals are advised about how to meet siblings' needs.

Keywords: adjustment; cancer; intervention; pediatric; sibling.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / standards*
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Psychology / standards*
  • Siblings / psychology*
  • Standard of Care