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      A critical review of the use of technology to provide psychosocial support for children and young people with long-term conditions.

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          Advances in technology have offered health professionals alternative mediums of providing support to patients with long-term conditions. This critical review evaluated and assessed the benefit of electronic media technologies in supporting children and young people with long-term conditions. Of 664 references identified, 40 met the inclusion criteria. Supportive technology tended to increase disease-related knowledge and improve aspects of psychosocial function. Supportive technology did not improve quality of life, reduce health service use or decrease school absences. The poor methodological quality of current evidence and lack of involvement of users in product development contribute to the uncertainty that supportive technology is beneficial.

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          Journal
          J Pediatr Nurs
          Journal of pediatric nursing
          Elsevier BV
          1532-8449
          0882-5963
          October 16 2014
          : 30
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London UK. Electronic address: susiealdiss@lsbu.ac.uk.
          [2 ] Cancer Clinical Trials Office, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
          [3 ] Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London UK; Centre for Outcomes and Experiences Research in Children's Health, Illness, and Disability, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London UK.
          [4 ] Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London UK.
          [5 ] Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London UK; Cancer Clinical Trials Unit, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London UK.
          S0882-5963(14)00265-6
          10.1016/j.pedn.2014.09.014
          25316197

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