An App for Teaching Kids to Cope With Chronic Illness

An App for Teaching Kids to Cope With Chronic Illness

Dr. Abby Rosenberg and her colleague Dr. Joyce Yi-Frazier of Seattle Children’s created the Promoting Resilience in Stress Management (PRISM) program — a set of exercises designed to help teenagers and young adults with cancer and type 1 diabetes cope with their diseases. And through randomized control trials, Rosenberg found that teens who’d used PRISM described themselves as more resilient, had more hope for future, had less clinical depression, and less need for formal psychological intervention like therapy or drugs. Rosenberg and Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician and the chief of digital innovation at Seattle Children’s, turned to design firm Artefact to transform the paper PRISM framework into an app for teenage patients.

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