Using videotelephony to support paediatric oncology-related palliative care in the home: from abandoned RCT to acceptability study

Title

Using videotelephony to support paediatric oncology-related palliative care in the home: from abandoned RCT to acceptability study

Creator

Bensink ME; Armfield NR; Pinkerton R; Irving H; Hallahan A; Theodoros DG; Russell T; Barnett AG; Scuffham P; Wootton R

Publisher

Palliative Medicine

Date

2009

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; Palliative Care; Adult; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Australia; Computer Security; Continuity of Patient Care; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Early Termination of Clinical Trials; Patient Satisfaction; PPC Book Chapter 2011 (Kim Widger); adolescent; Preschool; Parents/psychology; Neoplasms/therapy; Computer Communication Networks/economics; Health Services Accessibility/economics; Home Care Services/economics; Rural Health Services/economics; Telemedicine/economics/instrumentation/methods; Videoconferencing/economics/instrumentation

Description

Videotelephony (real-time audio-visual communication) has been used successfully in adult palliative home care. This paper describes two attempts to complete an RCT (both of which were abandoned following difficulties with family recruitment), designed to investigate the use of videotelephony with families receiving palliative care from a tertiary paediatric oncology service in Brisbane, Australia. To investigate whether providing videotelephone-based support was acceptable to these families, a 12-month non-randomised acceptability trial was completed. Seventeen palliative care families were offered access to a videotelephone support service in addition to the 24 hours 'on-call' service already offered. A 92% participation rate in this study provided some reassurance that the use of videotelephones themselves was not a factor in poor RCT participation rates. The next phase of research is to investigate the integration of videotelephone-based support from the time of diagnosis, through outpatient care and support, and for palliative care rather than for palliative care in isolation. Trial registration ACTRN 12606000311550.
2009

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

228-237

Issue

3

Volume

23

Citation

Bensink ME; Armfield NR; Pinkerton R; Irving H; Hallahan A; Theodoros DG; Russell T; Barnett AG; Scuffham P; Wootton R, “Using videotelephony to support paediatric oncology-related palliative care in the home: from abandoned RCT to acceptability study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 3, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14110.

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