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Facilitating treatment experience in children : the potential of adherence apps

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Today, more and more children around the world are affected by chronic diseases. One of the potentially overwhelming challenges that goes together with such a diagnosis resides in following the treatment. Parents are usually managing their children's medication, which makes them less engaged in their treatment journey on a daily basis and on occasions when their parents are not immediately nearby. A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research explored the potential of medication adherence applications to support children aged from 12 to 17 years old. The results were encouraging: both the children enrolled in the study and their parents are enthusiastic at the idea of using apps to facilitate self-care.

As children are growing more tech-savvy than any previous generation using smartphones, they are intuitively receptive to technological tools that could facilitate day-to-day living with a treatment.

According to the article, child-specific features such as gamification, enhanced data security, simple treatment information and pain assessment tools could all facilitate treatment outcomes and communication within the family and with providers.

Many adherence applications are already on the market, but so far, very few are child-specific. While more research needs to be conducted, there is a great opportunity to make daily life easier for the 13 to 27% of children that are affected by chronic conditions worldwide.

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