Kim Mooney-Doyle Discusses Siblings of Children with Cancer

November 3, 2015
Kim Mooney-Doyle, PhD, CPNP-AC

Kim Mooney-Doyle, PhD, CPNP-AC, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, discusses siblings of children with cancer in the context of pediatric palliative care.

Kim Mooney-Doyle, PhD, CPNP-AC, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, discusses siblings of children with cancer in the context of pediatric palliative care.

Research has been completed on siblings of cancer survivors, siblings of children undergoing active treatment, and bereaved siblings, but there is a gap in the literature on siblings of children terminally ill with cancer, Mooney-Doyle says. The families of these children may be forced to focus more of their resources on the sick child because of demanding caregiver needs or because the child is expected to die prematurely.

Through her current research, Mooney-Doyle aims to gather insight on the experiences of the siblings and develop an intervention to help parents meet the needs of all of their children.