Psychosocial Assessment Tool

The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT) is a brief parent report screener of psychosocial risk in pediatric health. Using a social ecological framework, PAT allows for identification of a family's areas of risk and resiliency across multiple domains (e.g., family structure and resources, family problems, social support, child problems, acute stress, sibling problems).


Trauma can be both a medical and psychological event in the eyes of children and families experiencing serious illnesses, injuries, or painful procedures. By enhancing patient centered care with trauma informed care, health care providers can reduce the impact of difficult or frightening medical events, and help children and families cope with emotional reactions to illness and injury.

How Doctors and Nurses Make a Difference with Trauma Informed Care

Healthcare providers are experts in treating illness and saving lives. After attending to the basics of physical health (A-B-C: Airway, Breathing, Circulation), you can promote psychosocial recovery by paying attention to the D-E-F (Distress, Emotional Support, Family).

What is Trauma Informed Care?

Trauma-informed care shares many principles with patient centered care. However, trauma informed care incorporates an awareness of the impact of traumatic stress on ill or injured children and families as a part of treating the medical aspects of the trauma.

Last Updated (May 15, 2015)



Gaming to Prevent Traumatic Stress?

Did you know up to 80% of your ill or injured pediatric patients experience traumatic stress reactions?  These traumatic stress reaction include symptoms such as re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper-arousal and they interfere with a child's recovery. 

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Not Enough Time for Trauma Informed Care

When you're taking care of patients, whether it's pediatric, geriatric or any age in between, finding time for additional screenings or procedures outside the regular scope of practice may seem impossible. 

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What Happens to Siblings?

Whether it's injury or illness, the whole family, parents, grandparents, caregivers, brothers/sisters, all feel the impact of a sick child. Normal routines give way to hospital visits or doctors visits.

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How Well are Pediatric Cancer Survivors Surviving?

With the recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day this week, more and more children are surviving childhood cancer. And they're experiencing less long term side effects of treatment. But how are they and their families coping emotionally?

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Give Us Your Opinion

How many of your pediatric patients have a difficult time coping with their illness or injury?

very few - 21.7%
some - 43.5%
nearly all - 34.8%

Total votes: 23
The voting for this poll has ended on: July 28, 2014