Children's hospitals across the country have made great strides towards patient centered, trauma-informed care. Brightly colored walls, toys, games, and other activities are commonplace at children's hospitals, and all help to reduce the stress and anxiety children experience during a hospital stay. In stark contrast, adult hospitals rarely have walls colored anything other than white and very few, if any, games or activities exist to help reduce patient distress. Finding anything to help reduce levels of anxiety in adult patients can be challenging at times. In a new era that emphasizes patient centered care, adult hospitals may want to look at the best practices and lessons learned from children's hospitals. Not all techniques will be applicable, but creating more trauma-informed adult hospitals will go a long way in reducing the stress and anxiety felt by patients and their families.
Do you feel adult hospitals should look to children's hospitals for patient centered care inspiration?