Empowering young patients
Empowering young patients
When she was 13 she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. Now, aged 20, she’s cancer-free, but when she was ill nobody told her what to expect and that made her feel scared, anxious and alone.
But this problem isn’t unique to Issy.
Across the board provision of information preparing children for hospitalisation is poor. The few resources that hospitals do have, such as books and leaflets, become worn out quickly and are costly to replace and there aren’t enough play staff to spend time with children, preparing them for procedures.
But research shows that if you provide patients with information prior to treatment you reduce their stress and anxiety and improve their clinical outcomes.
Dom Raban, Xploro co-founder and Issy’s dad, decided that it was about time we give our children the information they need and deserve and so his company have developed Xploro®...
Xploro® is an award winning health information platform that uses augmented reality, gameplay and artificial intelligence to deliver health information to young patients, in a way which makes them feel empowered, engaged and informed, whilst having fun at the same time.
By putting health information in the hands of children, using language they understand and interaction paradigms that they are familiar with, we aim to reduce their stress and anxiety and improve their clinical outcomes. By reducing the fear associated with procedures we aim to reduce repeat procedures and shorten treatment times. Finally, by improving child health literacy we provide the foundations for a generation of patients better able to self-manage their healthcare.
I am incredibly excited by Xploro. Its initial focus on young people is important as they can be particularly difficult to engage. That noted, it’s vital to recognise that very few projects hold such potential to appeal to every patient group, from young child to geriatric, able to disabled and educationally challenged to academic. I anticipate it will improve compliance, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction.
How we engage and inform children and young people about health deserves much greater attention than it currently receives. We have to work with children and young people to develop these resources. I’m excited by Xploro and look forward to offering ongoing support and to championing the work as it develops.
The largest children’s hospital in the UK is our testbed for evaluation of the app. App content is validated by clinical teams at the hospital.
Clinical evaluation of the app is being led by Dr Lucy Bray, Professor of Child Health Literacy. Research results will be ready for publication in Summer 2019.
Our user research partners conduct regular testing of prototypes with patients, parents and clinicians.
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Xploro® has been developed by Corporation Pop, one of the UK’s leading mobile app development teams.
Dr. Peter-Marc Fortune
Associate Medical Director &
Chief Clinical Informatics Officer,
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
President of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society.
Children’s scriptwriter for games and interactive. Credits include BBC Bitesize, CBBC, CBeebies, Fireman Sam, Horrid Henry and Noddy.
Mark Duman MRPharmS
Founder of Patient Information Forum