Brilliant Baby Brainiacs (BBB) - Pediatric Brain Tumors: Assessing Healthcare Provider Knowledge
AuthorTong, Amanda Kai-Lai
Committee ChairPeek, Gloanna
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractBackground: Brain tumors are the most common solid tumors found in children. Current research is determining whether diagnosing brain tumors earlier will help improve prognosis and reduce long-term deficits; however, childhood brain tumors are often diagnosed late with a median time of 1-4 months from onset of symptoms. Prolonged symptom intervals before diagnosis have been associated with life-threatening risks, neuro-cognitive disabilities, and detrimental professional relationships between healthcare providers and families. Pediatric brain tumor clinical presentations are often non-specific and resemble less serious illnesses; therefore, healthcare providers are failing to include this in their differential diagnoses list. Purpose: To assess healthcare provider knowledge of signs and symptoms of pediatric brain tumors using The Brain Pathways Guideline. Methods: A one group pre-test and post-test e-mailed separately to nurse practitioners that have active membership in National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Arizona Chapter. Results: The Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test revealed that the matched test scores were not statistically significant (p=0.157) after viewing The Brain Pathways Guideline educational materials. Conclusion: The results of this study did not show a statistically significant difference in the test scores and therefore it cannot be concluded that presenting an evidence-based guideline to assist healthcare providers to assess and diagnose patients with brain tumors will be helpful to improve pre-diagnostic symptom intervals.
Degree ProgramGraduate College