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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2023

21-01-2023 | Original Paper

Supporting Children and Families in Medical Settings: Insights from Child Life Specialists During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Auteurs: Carly Jenkins, Cheryl Geisthardt, Jack K. Day

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2023

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Abstract

Medical settings can be frightening and stressful places for pediatric patients and their families. During the COVID-19 pandemic fear and anxiety associated with receiving medical care increased as medical facilities dramatically altered the way they functioned in attempts to stop the spread of the virus. Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLSs) are medical professionals who provide psychosocial support for pediatric patients and their families by helping them understand and cope with medical procedures and the medical environment. In this role, CCLSs are likely to have important insights into the experiences and needs of pediatric patients and their families during COVID-19. Using a mixed-methods design, 101 CCLSs completed an online survey and 15 participated in follow-up interviews examining their experiences with and observations of children and families in medical environments during the pandemic. Participants emphasized a need to maintain a focus on child- and family-centered care for the well-being of patients and their families. While recognizing the need to socially distance to limit the spread of COVID, participants expressed concern about restrictive policies that did not balance the physical and mental health needs of patients and families. Participants also discussed the important role of child life services during the pandemic and the unique and multifaceted contributions CCLSs made to support patients, families, other medical professionals, and communities. Recommendations for supporting children and families in medical environments moving forward are discussed in light of lessons learned during the pandemic.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Supporting Children and Families in Medical Settings: Insights from Child Life Specialists During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Auteurs
Carly Jenkins
Cheryl Geisthardt
Jack K. Day
Publicatiedatum
21-01-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2023
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-023-02537-9

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