- As many as three-quarters of children experience severe anxiety before undergoing a healthcare procedure, with 50% developing negative behavioural changes two weeks after an operation.
- Psychological preparation ahead of procedures has been proven to reduce anxiety levels, but it’s time and resource intensive.
- There’s a shortage of paediatric data from clinical trials. In the US, the FDA estimates that between 25% and 40% of paediatric clinical trials don’t determine the safety and effectiveness of the treatment under study.
- Little Journey is a digital eSupport platform that provides multi-faceted support to children and families before, during and after healthcare procedures and clinical trials. A smartphone app delivers interactive content tailored to a child’s age, hospital site, and procedure/trial progress.
- Currently, Little Journey is available in 16 different languages, with customisable characters representing a breadth of different backgrounds.
- The platform yields great results in pre-procedural anxiety reduction, with a 32% reduction observed at one site, and a phase III multi-centre randomised control trial currently underway.
- The team are also using the platform to reduce clinical trial inefficiencies. The app plugs into a trial management tool, allowing it to support participants at the same time as enabling research organisations to more effectively manage trials.