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Smartphone technology in the paediatric setting
  1. Katherine Bernadette Burke1,
  2. Nwanneka Sargant2,
  3. Bernie Marden3
  1. 1Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, Bristol University, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Severn Deanery, Bristol, UK
  3. 3Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katherine Bernadette Burke, Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, Bristol University, Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Bristol BS8 2BN, UK; Katherine.burke{at}

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Overall, 45% of UK adults have access to smartphone technology,1 and its role in health, from both the clinician and the patient perspective, is starting to be explored through research. Such technology is commonplace across paediatric care. Uses vary from a ‘distraction’ tool for play therapists and/or parents during periods of observation or distressing procedures to use as a reference tool for doctors in the clinical setting. We recently reported two cases of parents seeking medical advice following the use of smartphone based software, or ‘apps’, which provide logs of their children's growth and feeding patterns.2 These clinical cases emphasise the …

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