Impact of Videotaped Information on the Experience of Parents of Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
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Videotaped information has been shown to be effective in reducing parental anxiety and facilitating knowledge transfer in various clinical settings. There is lack of literature on the use of videotaped information during the pediatric oncology initial family disclosure meeting. The purpose of this study was to deliver an informative DVD, highlighting information on childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), to parents of children with newly diagnosed ALL and to assess if the DVD provided increased levels of satisfaction and decreased levels of anxiety in parents around the time of diagnosis. We surveyed 24 parents of children on active treatment for ALL, diagnosed between the ages of 1 and 18 years from 2008 to 2016 at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Parents were provided a survey questionnaire assessing levels of satisfaction with information communicated by the healthcare team and anxiety following verbal disclosure and were asked to report satisfaction and anxiety levels immediately following viewing the DVD intervention. Twenty-three/24 (95.8%) parents surveyed reported seeking information from additional resources after disclosure. Of the 24 parents who watched the DVD, 12 (50.0%) watched it once, while 12 (50.0%) watched it twice or more. All parents were satisfied with DVD information, and there was a significant decrease in anxiety after viewing (P = 0.03). All 24 parents felt that the DVD was a useful educational tool. Videotaped information after verbal disclosure is an effective educational resource and is associated with reduced anxiety among parents of children with ALL.
KeywordsChildhood leukemia Cancer diagnosis Videotaped information
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Ethics board approval was obtained from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
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