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The Use of mHealth for the Management of Pain and Symptoms in Children with Cancer

Title: The Use of mHealth for the Management of Pain and Symptoms in Children with Cancer
Event Date: 5/23/2017 - 5/23/2017
Event Time: 10:45 a.m.
Event End: Noon

CALIT2 Building, Room 3008


Over 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. In addition to symptoms associated with their disease, children undergoing cancer treatment frequently experience significant pain and symptoms which negatively impact quality of life.  In addition, advances in the delivery of healthcare have resulted in a shift from inpatient to outpatient treatment, which has transitioned the responsibility for symptom management to parents.  Data suggest that children’s pain is under treated by parents in the home setting. The field of mHealth offers an innovative avenue for pain assessment and intervention for children undergoing primarily outpatient treatment for cancer.  Our research program at the UCI Center on Stress & Health has partnered with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) to developed innovative and engaging mHealth interventions targeting children’s cancer symptom experience in the home setting.  Current projects include in the development and initial evaluation of a tablet-based program, Pain Buddy, aimed to enhance pain management and foster improved quality of life in children ages 8 to 18 years undergoing cancer treatment. A companion parent-focused program, C-TIPS, provides parents with information and skills training to manage children’s pain and symptoms throughout cancer treatment.  Initial results demonstrate that both programs are well received by children and families and have positive impacts on pain and patient and family satisfaction with treatment.  Incorporating technology to address gaps in symptom management of children during cancer is a promising avenue to improve the overall quality of life of pediatric cancer patients.

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Michelle Fortier, PhD – Assistant Professor, UC Irvine School of Medicine, UCI Center on Stress & Health, and co-director of the UCI Center on Stress & Health, a multidisciplinary research center through the School of Medicine with a focus on reducing children’s pain and anxiety in the medical setting. Dr. Fortier research interests include incorporating technology into the management of pain and anxiety, with a particular focus on management of pain and symptoms in children undergoing treatment for cancer. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a Child & Family emphasis from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine and went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  Dr. Fortier provides cognitive-behavioral therapy to children with chronic pain through the Center for Pain & Wellness at UC Irvine and is on medical staff at CHOC Children’s Hospital, providing supervision of trainees in psychology.