Psychosocial Research

Psychosocial research delves into the intricate relationship between individuals and society, exploring the complex interplay between psychological factors and social influences.

It investigates how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are shaped by social structures, cultural norms, and interpersonal dynamics. By studying the psychological and social dimensions of human experience, psychosocial research aims to deepen our understanding of diverse phenomena such as identity formation, social interactions, mental health, resilience, and well-being. This interdisciplinary field combines principles from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other related disciplines to shed light on the fascinating ways in which individuals navigate and interact with the social world around them.

Psychosocial Research and Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma presents a unique and challenging journey for both patients and their families. Psychosocial research plays a crucial role in understanding the impact of neuroblastoma on various aspects of the lives of those affected by neuroblastoma

Psychosocial research investigates the psychological and social factors that influence the well-being and quality of life of children with neuroblastoma and their families. This research explores emotional experiences, coping mechanisms, and psychosocial support needs of those affected, aiming to enhance the provision of holistic care.

By examining the interactions between medical treatment, psychological adjustment, family dynamics, and social support networks, psychosocial research provides valuable insights to develop targeted interventions and support programs that address the challenges faced by individuals and families impacted by neuroblastoma. It aims to improve overall outcomes, promote resilience, and enhance the psychosocial well-being of those impacted by this terrible disease.

Research Funding

Alongside important research projects that address improvements in medical treatment programs, Neuroblastoma Australia also funds psychosocial research projects that seek to improve the psychological and social outcomes for children diagnosed with neuroblastoma. 

Current Research 

1. Hospitalizations in Australian children with neuroblastoma: A population-based study. 

Signorelli, C, Schneuer, FJ, Wakefield, CE, et al. Hospitalizations in Australian children with neuroblastoma: A population-based study. Cancer Med. 2023; 00: 1- 11. doi:10.1002/cam4.5806

Funded by Neuroblastoma Australia this project, led by Dr. Christina Signorelli from UNSW, reviewed the costs associated with neuroblastoma survivors. 

Dr Christina Signorelli

Dr. Christina Signorelli

Research Overview

An increasing number of children diagnosed with both low- and high-risk neuroblastoma are surviving.  However, the treatments they undergo can be intense and involve multiple approaches, especially for high-risk neuroblastoma. As a result, these survivors may experience significant long-term health issues. This study examines the hospitalizations, readmissions, and the costs associated with neuroblastoma survivors during their childhood.

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2. Preparing for partnerships in cancer care: an explorative analysis of the role of family- based caregivers

Harrison, R., Raman, M., Walpola, R.L. et al. Preparing for partnerships in cancer care: an explorative analysis of the role of family-based caregivers. BMC Health Serv Res 21, 620 (2021).

This research, supported by BMC Health Services Research and led by Associate Professor Remma Harrison, assessed the impact to caregivers of providing cancer care.

Associate Professor Reema Harrison

Research Overview 

Family caregivers play a crucial role in supporting cancer patients, ensuring their well-being and achieving the best possible health outcomes. However, being a caregiver can take a toll on their mental well-being. Unfortunately, existing evidence on providing support for caregivers often overlooks the specific challenges they face when providing clinical and health-related care to their loved ones. This study aimed to fill this gap by addressing the needs of caregivers, including those from priority populations.

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Help fund this vital research

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