Return to mobile version
social bannersocial

Wish Blog

Feb 01, 2017

Israel Wish Study

Israel Wish Study
Make-A-Wish supporters have always felt in their hearts the importance of granting the wishes of critically ill children. And now, science is confirming their belief.

Make-A-Wish Israel participated in a study* to measure how wish-granting experiences influence the medical outcomes of children with cancer. Sixty-six children ages 5-12 participated in the study, and all knew they’d receive a wish at some point.  Half were placed an intervention group that knew they would receive a wish within six months. The other half, known as the control group, were put on a waiting list for a wish. The data showed significant differences in the emotional health of these two groups as measured by three respected, widely used assessment tool. The tools quantify hope, positive emotions, health-related quality of life and anxiety.

The intervention group showed a decrease in the perception of their physical limitations. The findings reinforce the need for interventions that enhance and promote quality of life. While the focus studied children with cancer, the results may point to the need for studies involving children with other medical conditions.

“It is possible that wishing enabled these children to dream about things that seemed unobtainable, out of reach, and thus created an experience of achieving the impossible,” researchers wrote.

*Shoshani, A. Mifano, K. Czamanski-Cohen, J. (2015). The effects of the [Make-A-Wish] intervention on psychiatric symptoms and health-related quality of life of children with cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Quality of Life Research, 25(5), 1209-1218. doi 10.1007/s11136-015-1148-7


About this Blog

Go behind the scenes at Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma, hear from wish participants and supporters, and join in the dialogue through the wish blog.

Join the conversation

Leave a Comment

You might also be interested in ...

Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma
1900 NW Expressway
Suite 700
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 286-4000
Toll Free (888) 901-9474
Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma, Tulsa Field Office
4504 East 67th Street
Building 11, Suite 208
Tulsa, OK 74136
(918) 492-9474
Toll Free (888) 831-9474