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, Scuffham, Paul and Wootton, Richard (2008) A pilot study of videotelephone-based support for newly diagnosed paediatric oncology patients and their families. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 14 6: 315-321. doi:10.1258/jtt.2008.080505


Author Bensink, Mark
Armfield, Nigel
Irving, Helen
Hallahan, Andrew
Theodoros, Deborah
Russell, Trevor
Barnett, Adrian
Scuffham, Paul
Wootton, Richard
Title A pilot study of videotelephone-based support for newly diagnosed paediatric oncology patients and their families
Formatted title
A pilot study of videotelephone-based support for newly diagnosed paediatric oncology patients and their families.
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2008-09-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2008.080505
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 14
Issue 6
Start page 315
End page 321
Total pages 7
Editor Richard Wootton
E. Krupinski
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Royal Society for Medicine Press
Language eng
Subject C1
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
111403 Paediatrics
920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
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.
Formatted 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.
Keyword Carer
Children
Childhood cancer
Elderly people
Paediatric oncology
Parents
Quality of life
Videotelephone
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID 455922
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes © 2008 Royal Society of Medicine Press

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