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A pilot study of videotelephone-based support for newly diagnosed paediatric oncology patients and their families

Bensink, Mark, Armfield, Nigel, Irving, Helen, Hallahan, Andrew, Theodoros, Deborah, Russell, Trevor, Barnett, Adrian G., & Scuffham, Paul (2008) A pilot study of videotelephone-based support for newly diagnosed paediatric oncology patients and their families. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 14(6), pp. 315-321.

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Abstract

As part of the preparation for a randomized controlled trial, we conducted a pilot study to investigate the feasibility of providing videotelephone-based support to a sample of families (n = 8) with a child diagnosed with cancer, returning home for the first time after diagnosis and initial treatment. Seven of these families received support via videotelephone over a three-month period. Twenty videotelephone calls were made totalling 400 minutes (median 21 min, IQR 16–24). All videotelephone calls involved the specialist nurse providing support to mothers (85%) or fathers (15%) and involved communicating directly with the patient in most of the calls (55%). Social workers were involved in three calls (15%). All families expressed satisfaction with services delivered in this way. There were few technical problems. The use of a hybrid approach to providing videotelephony, using the family home computer and Internet connection for video and the home telephone line for full-duplex audio, was less costly than the custom-made device used in past studies.

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ID Code: 15449
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
DOI: 10.1258/jtt.2008.080505
ISSN: 1357-633X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PAEDIATRICS AND REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE (111400) > Paediatrics (111403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Royal Society of Medicine
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:44

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