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Children's perspective of hope in living with leukemia: A qualitative study using drawing.

PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore children's perspective of hope in living with leukemia through the utilization of drawing-based interview technique.

DESIGN AND METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted at the Children's Medical Center in Tehran with the participation of children aged 6 to 12 diagnosed with leukemia. The children were asked to prepare a drawing about hope then interviews were conducted face-to-face with each child after completing the drawing. Data analysis was conducted using the qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: In the collection of a total of 20 drawings from school-age children with leukemia, each drawings has different metaphors symbolizing hope. Five themes emerged including positive thinking, embracing the sanctuary of maternal affection and collective caring, the ethereal glow of joy, the melody of resilient soul, and navigating the way back to home.

CONCLUSION: Hope from the child's perspective can be achieved in simple, possible and accessible ways, making it easier for the family, community and healthcare system to inspire hope in their lives with Leukemia.

PRACTICE IMPLICATION: Health providers in pediatric oncology can integrate hope-based care interventions related to the factors influencing children's perspectives.

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