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Qualitative descriptive study to explore paediatric oncology patients’ readiness and preferences towards using a mobile health application for supportive pain management
  1. Amy Noakes
  1. Children's nursing, London South Bank University, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Amy Noakes, Children's nursing, London South Bank University, London, UK; Noakesa2{at}

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Commentary on: Madi D, Abi Abdallah Doumit M, Hallal M, Moubarak MM. Outlooks on using a mobile health intervention for supportive pain management for children and adolescents with cancer: a qualitative study. BMC Nurs. 2023 Sep 4;221,:301. doi: 10.1186/s12912-023-01461-z.

Implications for practice and research

  • Mobile health (mHealth) applications could provide a vehicle for helping children and young people to establish social support networks and a sense of connectedness.

  • Further research is required to consider whether and how mobile health applications could be implemented within the UK health system to support children and young people’s pain management.


Pain can impact cancer patients’ recovery and quality of life by compromising their physiological and psychological state.1 It is recognised that paediatric pain undertreatment remains an ongoing concern.2 Social support can act as a method of pain management, promote treatment adherence and well-being.3 The study by Madi et …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.