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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2012, Article ID 681301, 7 pages
Research Article

Protecting Family Interests: An Interview Study with Foreign-Born Parents Struggling On in Childhood Cancer Care

1Childhood Cancer Research Unit, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Q6:05, 171 76 Stockholm, Sweden
2Department for Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME), Center for Medical Education (CME), Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
3Department of Nursing Science, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, P.O. Box 1026, 551 11 Jönköping, Sweden
4The School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, P.O. Box 408, 541 28 Skövde, Sweden
5School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Science Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Received 28 July 2011; Accepted 16 November 2011

Academic Editor: Samuel Menahem

Copyright © 2012 Pernilla Pergert et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sweden's population is gradually changing to become more multiethnic and diverse and that applies also for recipients of health care, including childhood cancer care. A holistic view on the sick child in the context of its family has always been a cornerstone in childhood cancer care in Sweden. The purpose of this study was to gain knowledge about the experiences and main concern of foreign-born parents in the context of paediatric cancer care. Interviews were performed with eleven foreign-born parents and data were analysed using a classic grounded theory approach. Foreign-born parents often feel in a position of powerless dependence, but family interests are protected in their approaches to interaction with healthcare staff, through cooperation, contesting, and reluctant resigning. Healthcare staff need to listen to foreign-born parents and deal with their concerns seriously to prevent powerless-dependence and work for trustful cooperation in the common fight against childhood cancer.