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)



Screening for Family Psychosocial Risk in Pediatric Healthcare Settings

How can healthcare professionals identify psychosocial risk of children (and their family) who have been diagnosed with an illness? One evidence-based approach: Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT).

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