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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2016 Jan-Mar;39(1):15-25. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000100.

Designing Technology to Address Parent Uncertainty in Childhood Cancer.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio (Mss Morrison and Strahlendorf and Drs Szulczewski and Pai); Live Well Collaborative, Cincinnati, Ohio (Mr Lane); and College of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (Dr Mullins).


The stress and uncertainty created by a child's cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect parent and child functioning. Health technology provides a potential avenue for intervention delivery. Interviews were conducted with parents of children diagnosed with cancer to discover their needs following diagnosis and design a relevant mobile application. Treatment experience was the overarching theme. Subthemes included the emotional response, use of information, and environmental factors. Technology was used primarily to seek out information and communicate with others. Health technologies are gaining popularity and have the potential to be beneficial for patients and families throughout the treatment experience.

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