The effort is led by a collaborative team at Nemours – including the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, KidsHealth and the Child Life Program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children – and is being funded by the Toy Industry Foundation. The multi-phase research will gather perspectives of patients/families of diverse backgrounds and healthcare providers regarding the need for, and best ways to deliver, trauma-informed pediatric patient care – an approach that incorporates awareness of the potentially traumatic nature of medical events and aims to reduce or prevent traumatic stress reactions in children. Researchers will then develop a pilot intervention program that facilitates individualized, trauma-informed care and includes a kit with play interventions to aid in the healing and coping process in children.
"We know that many children and their caregivers can experience illness and injury as traumatic events, especially when the illness or injury is potentially life-threatening," said Anne E. Kazak, PhD, of Nemours. "Responses to traumatic stress often persist and can impact quality of life for the child and family over time." Dr. Kazak explained that trauma-informed healthcare settings strive to prevent or reduce traumatic stress reactions. "However," she said, "we need more information about how patients and families respond to trauma-informed interventions and we must include the 'family voice' in their design and development."
Once approved, the intervention program will first be implemented at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and Nemours Children's Hospital, in Orlando, Florida, with the goal of expanding to additional Nemours facilities and children's hospitals nationwide.
Nemours Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Stephen T. Lawless, MD, MBA, said, "Every child and family reacts differently to the stress of illness, injury and hospitalization. There are both short term and long term effects. We always strive to deliver optimal care and that means understanding the psychological impact of being or having a seriously ill child." Lawless went on to say that by working to help mitigate stress in the healthcare setting, Nemours expects to reduce fear, anxiety and emotional trauma for the family. "We are grateful to the Toy Industry Foundation for their support of what we believe is the first project aimed at building a trauma-informed care kit designed by and for families."
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