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What do children say about their hospital experience? What do they want to know about their condition and treatment, and who would they like to hear it from?

A recent study of ED discharge instructions found that patients often left without fully understanding what to do next.

Research shows that having more traumatic experiences in childhood increases the risk for serious health problems in adulthood.

In the fast paced, often high stakes hospital environment, should doctors and nurses incorporate play with pediatric patients? If so, how can play be used at the bedside? 

All doctors, nurses and other medical professionals strive to minimize the suffering of their patients. Witnessing a patient in pain, especially a child, pulls on the heart strings of all involved.  However, when the patient's pain comes from their emotions, it can feel very uncomfortable and overwhelming.