The Feasibility of Text Messaging to Assess Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Youngsters With Cancer or Sickle Cell Disease
Children participating on this study will be asked to report on the smoking that takes place
in their presence for a period of 7 days by responding to daily texted messages sent by the
research team to their mobile phones. Rates of participation on the study, compliance with
reporting SHSe, and feedback about the technical viability and satisfaction with the texting
methods will be obtained. Parents will also be asked to report on the child's SHSe during
the same 7-day period so that child and parent reports can be compared. In addition to
quantitative child and parent reports of SHSe, child and parent questionnaire data about
attitudes, behavioral practices to control SHSe, and other socio-environmental factors will
be obtained. Individual interviews with youngsters will provide additional qualitative
information about the social context and conditions in the child's environment that maintain
or contribute to avoidance of exposure. This information will be collectively used to
develop a larger trial that will test a behavioral intervention to reduce SHSe among
youngsters with cancer and SCD and require them to monitor their SHSe using text messaging.
Measuring SHSe in these vulnerable populations and intervening to reduce their SHSe is
critical to protecting their current and long-term health.
As participation rates and compliance may differ among youngsters diagnosed with cancer and
sickle cell disease, participants will be stratified by disease group (up to 55 with cancer
and up to 55 with SCD).
Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective
Rate of participation and compliance by disease group
Rates of participation on the study, compliance with reporting SHSe, feedback about the technical viability of the texting methods, and satisfaction regarding the texting procedures will be obtained.
at end of 7-day period
Vida L. Tyc, PhD
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
United States: Institutional Review Board
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