The Feasibility Of a Daily Diary Methodology With a Pediatric Cancer Population: A Pilot Study
The study will include two phases of participant recruitment and participation. Phase I will
include recruitment of six pediatric patients to pilot an electronic daily diary on an Apple
iPad. These participants will be prompted by the iPad once daily for seven days, and will be
asked to answer multiple choice and yes/no questions related to their daily experiences,
activities and emotions. Following the week of daily diary completion, each participant in
Phase I will engage in a brief feedback interview with a member of the research team to
discuss his/her overall experiences using the electronic diary, including any technological
issues that arise. The purpose of Phase I is to work out any technological and/or logistical
problems associated with completion of the daily iPad diary.
After any technological problems have been addressed, Phase II of the study will begin.
Child participants in Phase II of the study will complete several paper and pencil
questionnaires on two separate occasions that assess factors including optimism, experience
of various emotions, spirituality, relationships with others, benefit-finding, quality of
life, and resiliency. Children will also complete two weeks of daily electronic diaries that
will prompt them to answer multiple choice and yes/no questions related to their daily
experiences, activities and emotions. One parent or guardian will also be recruited to
participate, and will complete paper and pencil questionnaires on two separate occasions
that ask about optimism, the parent-child relationship, spirituality, psychological
functioning, and their perceptions of their children's behavior and mood.
Finally, following the completion of the first week of daily diaries, a short interview will
be conducted with each child and parent dyad to gather information about the child's
experiences using the electronic diary. They will be asked to provide feedback about any
challenges and technological difficulties that they encountered, as well as their general
thoughts about using the electronic diary. The interview will also include an opportunity to
trouble-shoot difficulties associated with using the electronic daily diary in preparation
for the second week of diary completion. For each participant, we anticipate a participation
timeframe of 10-15 weeks.
- To evaluate the usefulness of an electronic daily diary for understanding the
experiences, emotions, and coping strategies of children with cancer and of their
Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective
The number who agree to participate compared to the total number approached for the study.
The rate of agreement to participate in the study.
Sean Phipps, PhD
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
United States: Institutional Review Board
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