What is the state of knowledge pertaining to the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care to AYAs living with cancer?
This review will consider studies that pertain to AYAs living with cancer. Globally, there are varying definitions of the defining age range for adolescence and young adulthood. The authors align with the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology and their defining age range of 15-39. For the purpose of this review, the authors will consider studies that have employed a definition of adolescence and young adulthood that differs from this age range, in an effort to be inclusive of literature from other parts of the world.
This scoping review will also consider studies that involve other stakeholders who support or provide care to the AYA population during the living, dying and grieving processes that are addressed by palliative and end-of-life services. These stakeholders include partners, children, caregivers and/or healthcare providers of AYAs.
Studies will be excluded if they focus on combined pediatric and adolescent populations, or a combined AYA and older adult sample, unless they report the results from AYAs separately. Research that focuses on solely the adolescent or young adult population, or with a combined AYA focus, will be included.