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Martin Hanberger
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Enable Free Play for Children During Intravenous Therapy

Abstract | Inspiration | Method | Result

Abstract

Every year, 250 000 children are diagnosed with cancer. In industrialized countries the average survival is 75%. The most common treatment is chemotherapy, delivered by infusion pumps placed on IV-poles and the therapy plan proceeds for up to 2,5 years. Children are generally less affected by the treatment and want to continue playing, though the current equipment hinders their freedom of spontaneous play. Research show that activity through play accommodates different parts of the brain to interact. Play is therefore essential for development.