Dropout from Computer-based interventions for children and adolescents with chronic health conditions

Tamara L. Dunn, Leanne M. Casey, Jeanie Sheffield, Peter Newcombe, Anne B. Chang

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Abstract

Dropout is a frequent problem in face-to-face psychological interventions. However, little is known regarding dropout in computer-based interventions (CBIs). It is important to understand the extent to which children and adolescents drop out of CBIs, so we can ensure that more people complete the programmes to gain maximum benefit. A systematic review of current research on dropout from CBIs identified 15 studies. Dropout rate ranged from 0 per cent to 54 per cent with a median of 15 per cent. There is a need for more rigorous investigation of the extent of, and reasons for, dropout from CBIs with children and adolescents with chronic health conditions. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-442
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • age
  • child
  • chronic disease
  • computer assisted therapy
  • female
  • hospitalization
  • human
  • male
  • patient
  • psychological aspect
  • review
  • sex difference
  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Dropouts
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Factors
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted

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