DigiKnowIt News: Educating youth about pediatric clinical trials using an interactive, multimedia educational website.
Parker, A., Scull, T.M., & Morrison, A. (2021). DigiKnowIt News: Educating youth about pediatric clinical trials using an interactive, multimedia educational website. Journal of Child Health Care, 26(1), 139-153. https://doi.org/10.1177/13674935211003774
Objectives: Pediatric clinical trials allow for the testing of appropriate and effective treatments for children. However, some challenges exist with recruitment. This study examined the effectiveness of DigiKnowIt News, an interactive, multimedia website (which includes activities, videos, and comic books) designed to educate children about clinical trials.
Methods:A randomized controlled trial was conducted in 2018 with 91 participants (M age = 10.92 years; SD = 2.06). Participants were randomly assigned to intervention or wait-list control groups and completed questionnaires at pretest and posttest (1 week later) about their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs about clinical trials, and self-efficacy for participating in clinical trials. Participants in the intervention group received access to DigiKnowIt News between pretest and posttest and completed a satisfaction questionnaire at posttest. At the end of the study, participants in the wait-list control group were offered the option to use the website and complete a satisfaction questionnaire.
Results:At posttest, participants in the intervention group, compared to participants in the wait-list control group, had more knowledge about clinical trials and more reported confidence for participating in clinical trials. Participants reported high levels of satisfaction with DigiKnowIt News.
Conclusions:The findings suggest that an educational website can improve factors related to increasing rates of participation in clinical trials.