Study of @neWorld: A Virtual Community for Children With Cancer
RATIONALE: Using an Internet Web site that enables children with cancer to interact online with classmates, participate in classroom activities, get easy-to-read medical information, and chat with family members, medical staff, and other children with cancer may help children cope with isolation, fear, and decreased self-esteem.
PURPOSE: This phase I/II trial is studying the effectiveness of an Internet Web site in providing social support and education to children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
|Leukemia Lymphoma Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment Unspecified Childhood Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific||Procedure: complementary or alternative medicine procedure Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care||Phase 1 Phase 2|
|Official Title:||@neWorld: A Virtual Community For Kids With Cancer|
|Study Start Date:||April 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2005|
Develop an Internet-based application that allows pediatric patients with cancer to enter a virtual community with the following capabilities:
- Interact with classmates and participate in classroom activities via e-mail, chat groups, online field trips, art studio, music room, and game room
- Identify and interact with a community of peers with similar medical conditions
- Access a dictionary to get medical information in understandable terms
- Interact with the medical community online
- Interact with family members online
- Determine the acceptability of this program among groups of these patients and their classmates, teachers, family members, and healthcare providers using focus groups.
- Determine the effect of this program on self-esteem, coping behaviors, perceived social support, cancer-relevant medical knowledge, and feelings of control over health destiny in these patients.
- Determine the effect of this program on the performance of these patients in school.
- Determine the effect of this program in alleviating psychological distress in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
- Phase I: Students, family members, teachers, and health providers participate in focus groups to provide system design and implementation input and to assess overall acceptability of a prototype Internet-based application for pediatric cancer patients.
Phase II: Patients are assigned to 1 of 2 groups, based on participating center.
- Group 1: Patients have access to and utilize the Internet-based application @neWorld.
- Group 2: Patients do not have access to or utilize @neWorld. In both groups, patients complete questionnaires measuring psychological distress, quality of life, self-esteem, coping behaviors, perceived academic and social competence, perceived social support, cancer-relevant medical knowledge, feelings of control over health destiny, utilization of psychological services, and performance in school at baseline and 3 and 6 months.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 94 patients (44 for group 1 and 50 for group 2) will be accrued for this study.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00070421
|United States, Illinois|
|Leap of Faith Technologies, Incorporated|
|Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States, 60014|
|Study Chair:||Barbara Rapchak||Leap of Faith Technologies|