COVID-19 studies are our top priority.

For new and updated trial submissions, we are processing trials as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience. We recommend submitting your trial for registration at the same time as ethics submission.

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been endorsed by the ANZCTR. Before participating in a study, talk to your health care provider and refer to this information for consumers
Trial registered on ANZCTR

Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Date data sharing statement initially provided
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Optimising symptom management in children with cancer using a novel mobile phone application
Scientific title
Optimising symptom management in children with cancer using a novel mobile phone application: a hybrid effectiveness implementation study
Secondary ID [1] 304363 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Cancer 322350 0
Psychological symptoms related to cancer treatment including: worry, sadness, anger and anxiety 322351 0
Chemotherapy related problems with thinking, remembering or concentration 322689 0
Body image concerns related to cancer treatment (e.g. hair loss, scars, amputation) 322690 0
Fatigue 322691 0
Chemotherapy induced mucositis 322692 0
Headache related to cancer or cancer treatment 322693 0
Pain related cancer or cancer treatment 322694 0
Chemotherapy induce peripheral neuropathy 322695 0
Chemotherapy induced nausea or vomiting 322696 0
Changes in appetite related to cancer or cancer treatment 322697 0
Changes in taste related to chemotherapy 322698 0
Constipation related to cancer or cancer treatment 322699 0
Diarrhea related to cancer or cancer treatment 322700 0
Changes in how you body moves related to cancer or cancer treatment 322701 0
Sleeping more than usual 322702 0
Sleeping less than usual 322703 0
Condition category
Condition code
Cancer 320027 320027 0 0
Children's - Leukaemia & Lymphoma
Cancer 320028 320028 0 0
Children's - Other

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Symptom monitoring through completion of the SSPedi Patient Reported Outcome Measure using a mobile phone application weekly for eight weeks. The intervention is delivered and managed by clinical nursing teams using a patient dashboard. Notifications are sent weekly via the clinical dashboard to enrolled participants, requesting them to complete the SSPedi measure. Up to two reminder notifications are sent after 24 and 48 hours if SSPedi is not completed. Each completion of SSPedi take approximately 10 minutes to complete and review the recommendations. The intervention therefore is anticipated to take 1 x 10 minutes of app use each weeks for 8 weeks.

Upon completion of SSPedi, stratified alerts based upon pre-defined algorithms, are presented to participants through the mobile app. There are three possible alerts based upon a traffic light system: green= no symptoms of concern; amber= symptoms of concern to be discussed at next clinic visits or when convenient; red= concerning symptoms that require urgent discussion with clinical team, click to call function to phone hospital is presented in app.

Participants can access to symptom management recommendations and view graphical displays of symptom trends over time through the app (the RESPONSE system). Participants interact with the RESPONSE system as part of their enrollment in the study.

The app is patient facing. Participants are encouraged to share the SSPedi graphs during clinical visits with their healthcare team, but this is not a requirement of participation in the study and there is no formal mechanism for clinicians to view the graphs.
Intervention code [1] 320861 0
Treatment: Devices
Intervention code [2] 321077 0
Early detection / Screening
Intervention code [3] 321078 0
Comparator / control treatment
The comparator group receive usual care. Participants in the control group are recruited from the children's oncology outpatient clinic and commenced recruitment in January 2020 and recruitment will continue during development and testing of the RESPONSE system. (anticipated recruitment will continue for the control group until March 2022)

Control group

Primary outcome [1] 327889 0
The primary outcome is total symptom burden measured weekly by the SSPedi.
Timepoint [1] 327889 0
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8
Secondary outcome [1] 396895 0
Health-related quality-of-life (PedsQL Cancer Module)
Timepoint [1] 396895 0
Baseline, Week 1, Week 4, Week 8
Secondary outcome [2] 397856 0
Pain (FACES pain scale)
Timepoint [2] 397856 0
Week 1, Week 4, Week 8
Secondary outcome [3] 397857 0
Complications during study period will be collected from medical records
Timepoint [3] 397857 0
Follow up at end of study
Secondary outcome [4] 397858 0
Distress (Paediatric Distress thermometer)
Timepoint [4] 397858 0
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8

Key inclusion criteria
Children aged 4-18 years, receiving active treatment for blood cancer or solid tumors and their caregiver/s aged 18 years and over are included. Active treatment for cancer is defined as receiving either planned cycles of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Participants will be recruited within two weeks of a planned treatment cycle. Prior to recruitment, their clinical status and the appropriateness to approach potential participants will be confirmed with the treating clinicians. Participants are required to be able to read and understand English, and to have access to a smartphone, iPad or computer and Internet
Minimum age
4 Years
Maximum age
75 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Children with brain cancer are excluded from this study due to multiple competing studies currently being undertaken in children’s brain cancer at the cancer centre and the concern of overburdening participants. Furthermore, participants will be excluded if there is difficulty with obtaining consent (e.g. the child is under child protection orders), or if there are difficulties understanding English

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Historical control group matched 1:1
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis
Changes in total symptom burden as measured by the SSPedi between the intervention and control group will be descriptively reported and examined using mixed linear mixed-effects models accounting for repeated observations from the same child. This will also allow for exploration of effects both within and between individuals, as well as the intervention and control groups. Potentially confounding co-variables will be included, particularly if any demographic or clinical differences are identified between groups at baseline. Outcomes will be stratified by the person completing the measures (caregiver, child participant or co-completion) and gender to determine whether effects differ based upon these factors. A sensitivity analysis will also be conducted, where possible, to compare results between caregiver versus child participant report. The amount and types of missing data will be descriptively reported. Missing data at random will be imputed, and sensitivity analysis will be completed to investigate possible sources of bias due to missing data. The characteristics of symptom burden over the eight-week study duration, as well as any pharmacological or non-pharmacological interventions or referrals provided to address symptoms will be described. Quantitative data analysis will be undertaken with SPSS.

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
Recruitment hospital [1] 19745 0
Queensland Children's Hospital - South Brisbane
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 34386 0
4101 - South Brisbane

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 308735 0
Government body
Name [1] 308735 0
National Health and Medical Research Council
Address [1] 308735 0
GPO Box 1421
ACT 2601
Country [1] 308735 0
Primary sponsor type
Queensland University of Technology
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane, QLD 4001
Secondary sponsor category [1] 309631 0
Name [1] 309631 0
Queensland Children's Hospital
Address [1] 309631 0
501 Stanley St
South Brisbane 4101
Country [1] 309631 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 308655 0
Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 308655 0
62 Graham St
South Brisbane,
QLD, 4101
Ethics committee country [1] 308655 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 308655 0
Approval date [1] 308655 0
Ethics approval number [1] 308655 0

Brief summary
This study aims to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a novel mobile phone app for the monitoring and management of symptoms in children with cancer.

Who is it for?
You may be eligible for this study if you are a parent or caregiver of a child cancer patient aged 4-18 years currently receiving active treatment for blood cancer or solid tumors, and you have access to a smartphone. Active treatment for cancer is defined as receiving either planned cycles of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Study details
All participants who choose to enrol in this study will be asked to download an app to their phone that will enable the child's parent or caregiver to enter information regarding their current symptoms related to cancer. Participants will be asked to provide information every week via the app, it is anticipated that this will take 5-10 minutes each day.

It is hoped this research will demonstrate that use of a mobile app to monitor symptoms is easy to use and acceptable to cancer patients and their caregivers. The app could then be used to help improve health outcomes for future cancer patients by giving them more control over their symptoms, as well as providing options for better management of their symptoms.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 111442 0
A/Prof Natalie Bradford
Address 111442 0
Queensland University of technology at Centre for Children's Health Research
62 Graham St
South Brisbane
QLD, 4101
Country 111442 0
Phone 111442 0
+61 7 32677849
Fax 111442 0
Email 111442 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 111443 0
A/Prof Natalie Bradford
Address 111443 0
Queensland University of Technology at Centre for Children's Health Queensland
62 Graham St
South Brisbane
QLD, 4101
Country 111443 0
Phone 111443 0
Fax 111443 0
Email 111443 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 111444 0
A/Prof Natalie Bradford
Address 111444 0
Queensland University of Technology at Centre for Children's Health Queensland
62 Graham St
South Brisbane
Country 111444 0
Phone 111444 0
Fax 111444 0
Email 111444 0

Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
What data in particular will be shared?
individual participant data collected during the trial, after de-identification will be available
When will data be available (start and end dates)?
Immediately following publication, and ending 5 years following main results publication
Available to whom?
Researchers who provide a methodologically sound proposal
Available for what types of analyses?
To achieve the aims in the approved proposal,
How or where can data be obtained?
Access subject to approvals by Principal Investigator. Contact
What supporting documents are/will be available?
Study protocol
Informed consent form
Ethical approval
How or where can supporting documents be obtained?
Type [1] 12100 0
Study protocol
Citation [1] 12100 0
Link [1] 12100 0
Email [1] 12100 0
Other [1] 12100 0
Not yet published
Attachment [1] 12100 0
Type [2] 12101 0
Informed consent form
Citation [2] 12101 0
Link [2] 12101 0
Email [2] 12101 0
Other [2] 12101 0
Attachment [2] 12101 0
Type [3] 12102 0
Ethical approval
Citation [3] 12102 0
Link [3] 12102 0
Email [3] 12102 0
Other [3] 12102 0
Attachment [3] 12102 0
Summary results
No Results