Treating Pain in Children With Cancer: Pain Buddy

The purpose of this study is to examine the feasibility of the ambulatory monitoring
protocol, called Pain Buddy, in documenting children's pain, symptoms and quality of life
while receiving outpatient chemotherapy. The long term goal of Pain Buddy is to help doctors,
nurses, and parents get the information they need to give children treatments for pain and
symptom management that work. Using Pain Buddy, we aim to quantify the prevalence and
intensity of daily pain and symptom episodes in children at home, data that will be used to
develop a psychosocial intervention to be delivered electronically to children at home with a
goal of improving quality of life. Secondary aims also include examining children's quality
of life pre- and post- Pain Buddy and satisfaction with the use of Pain Buddy. This project
has the potential to improve the quality of life of tens of thousands of children suffering
from cancer each year using transformative mobile health information technology based
approach to pain assessment and management.

Intervention

Pain Buddy

Condition

Cancer

Investigators

Michelle A Fortier, Ph.D.

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