Digital technologies for children and parents sharing self-management in childhood chronic or long-term conditions: a scoping review

EDWARDS, Jill, WAITE-JONES, Jenny, SCHWARZ, Toni and SWALLOW, Veronica (2021). Digital technologies for children and parents sharing self-management in childhood chronic or long-term conditions: a scoping review. Children, 8 (12).

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9067/8/12/1203
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    Abstract

    Worldwide, the prevalence of chronic (or long-term) conditions in children and young people from birth to 18 years (children) is increasing. Promoting competent and effective self-management skills early in the trajectory is important to improve adherence to treatment and optimise quality of life. Successful self-management, therefore, requires parents and children who are developmentally able to develop a range of complex skills, including the use of digital technologies. This scoping review aimed to identify primary research investigating digital technologies for children and parents sharing self-management in childhood chronic illnesses. A comprehensive search of electronic databases was conducted. Nineteen papers were included, assessed for quality and methodological rigour using the Hawker tool and thematically analysed. Three themes were identified: (i) the feasibility and acceptability of using technology, (ii) the usability of technologies and (iii) the effect of technologies on adherence and self-management skills. The results indicate that technologies such as mobile apps and websites can assist the management of long-term conditions, are an acceptable method of delivering information and can promote the development of effective self-management skills by parents and children. However, future technology design must include children and parents in all stages of development.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ** From MDPI via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: eissn 2227-9067 **History: published 18-12-2021; accepted 09-12-2021
    Uncontrolled Keywords: long-term conditions, chronic conditions, self-management, children, parents, mobile apps, digital technologies, scoping review
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/children8121203
    SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
    Depositing User: Colin Knott
    Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 16:21
    Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 16:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29465

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