Sleep deprivation has been identified as one of the strongest predictors of parents' psychological and physical quality of life when caring for a child diagnosed with cancer. Though sleep deprivation is widely recognized by clinical staff and is often reported by parents, a limited number of studies have published data relating to the sleep of parents of children with cancer.
What this study aims to achieve
The aim of this study is to assess the quality and quantity of parents' sleep while caring for a child with cancer. This will inform the development of sleep interventions and hospital policies to support adequate sleep amongst parents of kids with cancer. In this way, we can support parents, while they support their sick child and any healthy siblings during this difficult and challenging period.
Would you like to be involved?
This study is currently recruiting people who meet the following criteria:
- The parent of a child diagnosed with cancer when aged 16 years or younger
- The parents of a healthy child (under 16 years of age) who would like to act as a comparison (control) participant.
What does study participation involve?
To participate in the study, we ask that you:
- Read the Information Sheet
- Complete a survey (online or pen/paper versions available)
How is this study supported?
This study is supported by the Kids With Cancer Foundation and the Australian and New Zealand Haemotology and Oncology Group.