Review Collection: Adolescents/Young adults (AYA)

31 reviews

The term adolescent refers to someone aged between 12 and 18 years of age.
Source: Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Standards for the care of children and adolescents in health services. (383kb pdf) Sydney: RACP; 2008 Nov 19.

The term young adult usually refers to a person between 19 and 24 years of age.
Source: MeSH


Sariman JA, Harris NM, Harvey D, Sansom-Daly UM. Experiences of Young People Living with Cancer in Nonmetropolitan Areas: A Review of the Literature. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020 Apr;9(2):133-144. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2019.0053. Epub 2019 Oct 31.

Thornton CP, Ruble K, Kozachik S. Psychosocial Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer: An Integrative Review. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2020 May 26:1043454220919713. doi: 10.1177/1043454220919713. Epub ahead of print.


Barker MM, Beresford B, Bland M, Fraser LK. Prevalence and Incidence of Anxiety and Depression Among Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults With Life-Limiting Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Jul 8. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1712. [Epub ahead of print]

Gessler D, Juraskova I, Sansom-Daly UM, Shepherd HL, Patterson P, Muscat DM. Clinician-patient-family decision-making and health literacy in adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families: A systematic review of qualitative studies. Psychooncology. 2019 May 20. doi: 10.1002/pon.5110. [Epub ahead of print]

Ing V, Patterson P, Szabo M, Allison KR. Interventions available to adolescents and young adults bereaved by familial cancer: a systematic literature review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Aug 16. pii: bmjspcare-2019-001959. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001959. [Epub ahead of print]

Lundquist DM, Berry DL. Experiences of Adolescents and Young Adults Living With Advanced Cancer: An Integrative Review. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 Jul 1;46(4):451-458. doi: 10.1188/19.ONF.451-458.

Peat G, Rodriguez A, Smith J. Social media use in adolescents and young adults with serious illnesses: an integrative review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Sep;9(3):235-244. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001646. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Pyke-Grimm KA, Franck LS, Patterson Kelly K, Halpern-Felsher B, Goldsby RE, Kleiman A, Rehm RS. Treatment Decision-Making Involvement in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 Jan 13;46(1):E22-E37. doi: 10.1188/19.ONF.E22-E37.


Hoffmann R, Kaiser J, Kersting A. Psychosocial outcomes in cancer-bereaved children and adolescents - A systematic review. Psychooncology. 2018 Aug 18. doi: 10.1002/pon.4863. [Epub ahead of print]

Hughes B, O'Brien MR, Flynn A, Knighting K. The engagement of young people in their own advance care planning process: A systematic narrative synthesis. Palliat Med. 2018 Jul;32(7):1147-1166. doi: 10.1177/0269216318772749. Epub 2018 May 3.

Nunns M, Mayhew D, Ford T, Rogers M, Curle C, Logan S, Moore D. Effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions to reduce procedural anxiety in children and adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychooncology. 2018 Aug;27(8):1889-1899. doi: 10.1002/pon.4749. Epub 2018 May 22.

Pieper L, Zernikow B, Drake R, Frosch M, Printz M, Wager J. Dyspnea in Children with Life-Threatening and Life-Limiting Complex Chronic Conditions. J Palliat Med. 2018 Apr;21(4):552-564. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0240. Epub 2018 Jan 9.

Rodriguez A, Smith J, McDermid K. Dignity therapy interventions for young people in palliative care: a rapid structured evidence review. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2018 Jul 2;24(7):339-349. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2018.24.7.339.


Lazor T, Tigelaar L, Pole JD, De Souza C, Tomlinson D, Sung L. Instruments to measure anxiety in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer: a systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Sep;25(9):2921-2931. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-3743-3. Epub 2017 Jun 3.

Ngwenya N, Kenten C, Jones L, Gibson F, Pearce S, Flatley M, Hough R, Stirling LC, Taylor RM, Wong G, Whelan J. Experiences and preferences for end-of-life care for young adults with cancer and their informal carers: A narrative synthesis. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Jun;6(2):200-212. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2016.0055. Epub 2017 Jan 11.

Sodergren SC, Husson O, Robinson J, Rohde GE, Tomaszewska IM, Vivat B, Dyar R, Darlington AS; EORTC Quality of Life Group. Systematic review of the health-related quality of life issues facing adolescents and young adults with cancer. Qual Life Res. 2017 Jul;26(7):1659-1672. doi: 10.1007/s11136-017-1520-x. Epub 2017 Mar 1.


Day E, Jones L, Langner R, Bluebond-Langner M. Current understanding of decision-making in adolescents with cancer: A narrative systematic review. Palliat Med. 2016 Dec;30(10):920-934. Epub 2016 May 9.

Johnston B, Jindal-Snape D, Pringle J. Life transitions of adolescents and young adults with life-limiting conditions. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2016 Dec;22(12):608-617.

Tomlinson D, Zupanec S, Jones H, O'Sullivan C, Hesser T, Sung L. The lived experience of fatigue in children and adolescents with cancer: a systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Aug;24(8):3623-31. Epub 2016 May 5.

Weaver MS, Heinze KE, Bell CJ, Wiener L, Garee AM, Kelly KP, Casey RL, Watson A, Hinds PS; Pediatric Palliative Care Special Interest Group at Children’s National Health System. Establishing psychosocial palliative care standards for children and adolescents with cancer and their families: An integrative review. Palliat Med. 2016 Mar;30(3):212-23. Epub 2015 Apr 28.


Beecham E, Candy B, Howard R, McCulloch R, Laddie J, Rees H, Vickerstaff V, Bluebond-Langner M, Jones L. Pharmacological interventions for pain in children and adolescents with life-limiting conditions. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Mar 13;3:CD010750.

Clark JK, Fasciano K. Young adult palliative care: challenges and opportunities. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2015 Feb;32(1):101-11. Epub 2013 Nov 6.

Spathis A, Booth S, Grove S, Hatcher H, Kuhn I, Barclay S. Teenage and Young Adult Cancer-Related Fatigue Is Prevalent, Distressing, and Neglected: It Is Time to Intervene. A Systematic Literature Review and Narrative Synthesis. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2015 Mar 1;4(1):3-17.


Bluebond-Langner M, Beecham E, Candy B, Langner R, Jones L. Preferred place of death for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions: A systematic review of the literature and recommendations for future inquiry and policy. Palliat Med. 2013 Sep;27(8):705-13. Epub 2013 Apr 23.

Tomlinson D, Hinds PS, Ethier MC, Ness KK, Zupanec S, Sung L. Psychometric properties of instruments used to measure fatigue in children and adolescents with cancer: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Jan;45(1):83-91.Epub 2012 Aug 11.


Doug M, Adi Y, Williams J, Paul M, Kelly D, Petchey R, Carter YH. Transition to adult services for children and young people with palliative care needs: a systematic review. Arch Dis Child. 2011 Jan;96(1):78-84. Epub 2009 Nov 30.


Hatherill S, Flisher AJ. Delirium in children and adolescents: a systematic review of the literature. J Psychosom Res. 2010 Apr;68(4):337-44. Epub 2010 Jan 12.

Rosner R, Kruse J, Hagl M. A meta-analysis of interventions for bereaved children and adolescents. Death Studies. 2010 Feb;34(2):99-136.


Seitz DC, Besier T, Goldbeck L. Psychosocial interventions for adolescent cancer patients: a systematic review of the literature. Psychooncology. 2009 Jul;18(7):683-90.


Phillips RS, Gibson F. A systematic review of treatments for constipation in children and young adults undergoing cancer treatment. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2008 Nov;30(11):829-30.


Zernikow B, Michel E, Anderson B. Transdermal fentanyl in childhood and adolescence: a comprehensive literature review. J Pain. 2007 Mar;8(3):187-207.

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