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Empowering Pediatric Patients as Active Partners with Clinicians and Caregivers in Managing Their Chronic Conditions

Chronic childhood illnesses are increasing and have a profound impact on children's lives, requiring long-term care and affecting them emotionally. Research suggests that when children act as partners with doctors and parents in the discussion and care of their conditions, they are better at following treatment plans as well as less anxious and unhappy. Despite these benefits, however, children's involvement in their care is generally poorly supported by current clinical practices, by parents, and by technologies designed to help manage health conditions. This project's goal is to better understand challenges centered on child patients, and the ways in which children with cancer do, and could, work with their doctors in their care.

Principal Investigator: Sun Young Park

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The amount of the award is $174,993 for UMSI for the project period. The grant is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Additional funders/sponsors: University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) Research Awards