Tools You Can use

When discussing injury/illness, traumatic stress and children, most people assume the child has the illness or injury. Many times this is the case. However, when a parent or caregiver suffers an injury or illness, children can still experience traumatic stress reactions.

Did you know up to 80% of your ill or injured pediatric patients experience traumatic stress reactions?  These traumatic stress reaction include symptoms such as re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper-arousal and they interfere with a child's recovery. 

With the recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day this week, more and more children are surviving childhood cancer. And they're experiencing less long term side effects of treatment. But how are they and their families coping emotionally?

The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT) is a brief parent report measure that helps pediatric healthcare teams recognize and respond to parents’ reports about their family and social context. 

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