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)



The Challenge of the Chronically Ill Pediatric Patient

Providing care to chronically ill children challenges everyone, from the physicians to the nurses, and especially the family. Beyond the medical management of the child's disease, doctors and nurses need to assess and support the psychosocial needs of the child as well as their family members.

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The Squeaky Wheel

Many know the saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease". While this may be true in many settings, when you’re a doctor or nurse trying to assess a patient or family's level of distress and ability to cope, it doesn't always fit.

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Helping Siblings Cope in the NICU

A new addition to a family always requires a period of adjusting. When a baby arrives prematurely however, the family has to adjust not only to its new member, but possibly life in the NICU and the inherent emotional roller coaster of stress and anxiety. 

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Cancer’s Effect on Mind and Body

Three words no one wants to hear: "You have cancer". Or for parents: "Your child has cancer". The diagnosis can be devastating for both the mind and body. 

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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