About this study
Fatigue is a major problem in children and adolescents receiving intensive chemotherapy for cancer and in hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients. Few strategies to reduce fatigue for this population have been identified. Two strategies that hold premise are yoga, which combines physical activity and relaxation, and distraction/entertainment using an iPad.
This 3-week trial randomizes children and adolescents admitted to the Alberta Children’s Hospital into either the yoga or iPad groups. Both strategies are offered 5 days per week for 10-45 minutes per session, depending on how the individual is feeling that day. The goal is for children or adolescents to receive 3 days of their program (i.e., yoga or iPad) per week.
What are the goals of this study?
- To find out if this 3-week trial can help children who receive chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant feel less tired and better overall.
- To determine if one of the program arms is better than the other (i.e., iPad vs. yoga).
- To explore the experiences of patients, families, healthcare providers, iPad interventionists, and yoga instructors with the in-hospital trial.
Overall, we hope to identify strategies to reduce fatigue and implement in-hospital interventions to enhance wellness for hospitalized children.
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