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Authors

  1. Morrison, Caroline F. MSN, RN
  2. Szulczewski, Lauren PsyD
  3. Strahlendorf, Laura F. BS
  4. Lane, J. Blake BFA
  5. Mullins, Larry L. PhD
  6. Pai, Ahna L.H. PhD

Abstract

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.