How to improve the health and well-being of children and teens? Integrated care, according to a new meta-analysis recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. Integrated care, also called collaborative care, provides both traditional medical care and behavioral health care to a patient within the same primary care setting. 

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.

When you are with a patient, do you wait for them, or their parents, to bring up any additional concerns? Do you screen, formally or not, for behavioral health concerns? Would you be more likely to ask about mental health concerns if you knew only about half of parents would bring them up with you? 

Of the many children and parents exposed to traumatic medical experiences, only a few receive psychosocial resources. Several reasons for this exist, such as a limited number of clinicians trained in trauma informed psychological interventions, lack of follow up for psychological services,

Even though the rates of survival have increased for childhood cancer, many families will be diagnosed and undergo cancer treatment. A new report from the American Psychologist recounts the integration of psychological care into the course of cancer treatment for children and their families.