• Mark Bensink Mark Bensink
  • Nigel Armfield Nigel Armfield
  • Helen Irving Helen Irving
  • Andrew R. Hallahan Andrew R. Hallahan
  • Deborah Theodoros Deborah Theodoros
  • Trevor Russell Trevor Russell
  • Adrian Barnett Adrian Barnett
  • Paul Scuffham Paul Scuffham
  • Richard Wootton Richard Wootton

As part of the preparation for a randomized controlled trial, we conducted a pilot study to investigate the feasibility of providing videotelephone-based support to a sample of families (n 져) with a child diagnosed with cancer, returning home for the first time after diagnosis and initial treatment. Seven of these families received support via videotelephone over a three-month period. Twenty videotelephone calls were made totalling 400 minutes (median 21 min, IQR 16-24). All videotelephone calls involved the specialist nurse providing support to mothers (85%) or fathers (15%) and involved communicating directly with the patient in most of the calls (55%). Social workers were involved in three calls (15%). All families expressed satisfaction with services delivered in this way. There were few technical problems. The use of a hybrid approach to providing videotelephony, using the family home computer and Internet connection for video and the home telephone line for full-duplex audio, was less costly than the custom-made device used in past studies.