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Rantala, A., Vuorinen, A.-L., Koivisto, J., Similä, H., Helve, O., Lahdenne, P., Pikkarainen, M., Haljas, K., & Pölkki, T. (2021). A gamified mobile health intervention for children in day surgery care: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Nursing Open, 00, 1– 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.1143

A gamified mobile health intervention for children in day surgery care : protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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Author: Rantala, Arja1; Vuorinen, Anna-Leena2; Koivisto, Jonna3;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere, Finland
3Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
4VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Oulu, Finland
5Clinicum, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
6Pediatric Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
7Department of Pediatrics, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
8Research Group of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
9Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Oulu Business School, Oulu University, Oulu, Finland
10Triumf Research OU, Tartu, Estonia
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.9 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202201146971
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-01-14
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Abstract

Aims: To describe a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial which will evaluate the effectiveness of a gamified mobile health intervention for children in whole day surgery care.

Design: A study protocol for a two-arm randomized controlled trial.

Methods: Participants will be randomly assigned to the intervention group (N = 62), in which patients receive routine care and play a mobile game designed for children or the control group (N = 62), in which patients receive routine care, including a mobile phone application that supports parents during the care path. The primary outcome is children’s pre-operative anxiety, while the secondary outcome measures included fear and postoperative pain, along with parental satisfaction and anxiety. Data collection started in August 2020.

Results: The results of the ongoing randomized controlled trial will determine whether the developed gamified mobile health intervention can be recommended for hospital use, and whether it could be used to educate children about their surgical treatment to decrease anxiety.

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Series: Nursing open
ISSN: 2054-1058
ISSN-E: 2054-1058
ISSN-L: 2054-1058
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1002/nop2.1143
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/nop2.1143
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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Funding: Business Finland. Grant Number: 438/31/2018; Clinical Research Institute HUCH; The Research Foundation of Mannerheim League for Child Welfare in Finland
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations.
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