DIARY1: The Feasibility of a Daily Diary Methodology with a Pediatric Cancer Population: A Pilot Study

Category:

Psychology

Eligibility Overview:

This is a non-therapeutic clinical trial that is only open to St. Jude patients.

This clinical trial requires pediatric participants (Phase I and II) as well as control participants. Please see Eligibility Criteria section for details.

Description

This study is being conducted to learn about the daily experiences of children and teens that have been recently diagnosed with cancer. Using a daily electronic diary, participants’ daily experiences, emotions, and strategies for coping will be examined. The goal of the study is to assess how well the electronic diary works for participants as a means of gathering information about their day-to-day activities. Using this electronic daily diary will help to gain a better understanding about the factors that impact the well-being of children and adolescents with cancer.

The study will include two phases of participant recruitment and participation. Phase I will be conducted to obtain feedback and identify technological issues with the iPad. Child/Adolescent participants in Phase II of the study will complete several paper and pencil questionnaires on two separate occasions, as well as two weeks of daily electronic diaries. For each Phase I participant, we anticipate a participation timeframe of 1-2 weeks. Phase II participants will be enrolled in the study for approximately 10-15 weeks.

Objectives

  • To evaluate the usefulness of an electronic daily diary for understanding the experiences, emotions, and coping strategies of children with cancer and healthy peers.

Eligibility

Pediatric Participants (Phase I and II)

  • Research participant is between ages 8 and 17 years inclusive.
  • Research participant has recently (within 0-10 weeks of recruitment) been diagnosed with cancer (all diagnoses will be eligible).
  • Research participant has no significant cognitive, motor, or sensory deficits that would preclude completion of the study measures.
  • Research participant is able to speak and read English.

Control Participants

  • Research participant is between ages 8 and 17 years inclusive.
  • Research participant has no history of a major medical diagnosis.
  • Research participant has no significant cognitive, motor, or sensory deficits that would preclude completion of the study measures.
  • Research participant is able to speak and read English.
  • Research participant and one parent/guardian are willing to participate and provide assent/consent.
  • Research participant and one parent/guardian are willing to participate and provide assent/consent. Child and parent participants are available to engage in face-to-face meetings with Psychology as part of research participation.

Principal Investigator

Sean Phipps, PhD

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Memphis, TN 38105  USA
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