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    The role of Connected Health technologies in supporting families affected by paediatric cancer: A systematic review

    Delemere, Emma and Maguire, Rebecca (2021) The role of Connected Health technologies in supporting families affected by paediatric cancer: A systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 30 (1). pp. 3-15. ISSN 1099-1611

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    Objectives: Families impacted by paediatric cancer are met with logistical, financial and psychological impacts, with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus two creating additional barriers and stressors for these families. Connected Health (CH) may facilitate cancer care. The objective of the present study was to systematically review CH for families/informal caregivers affected by paediatric cancer. Methods: Using search terms relating to: (1) paediatric cancer, (2) family/caregivers and (3) CH, the databases of PsycINFO, Pubmed, EMBASE and Web of Science were searched. Inclusion criteria included an evaluation of CH technologies for supportive care for families/caregivers affected by paediatric cancer at any stage of treatment or survivorship. Results: Sixteen studies met inclusion criteria. CH was primarily web‐based (n ¼ 6), however smartphone applications (n ¼ 5), telehealth (n ¼ 2) and online groups (n ¼ 3) were utilised. Intervention areas included psycho‐social (n ¼ 6), health and information provision (n ¼ 8) and palliative care (n ¼ 2). Conclusions: While limited studies have evaluated the impact of CH on families living with paediatric cancer, emerging evidence suggests potential benefits. More evidenced‐based interventions are required.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: cancer, children,;Connected Health; ehealth, family; oncology; paediatric cancer; parents; psychosocial support;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Human Health Institute
    Item ID: 16379
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    Depositing User: Rebecca Maguire
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2022 14:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Psycho-Oncology
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies Centre for Research
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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