When you deliver a diagnosis of a new disease or condition, your pediatric patient and their family will likely go through a wide range of emotions. The majority will find healthy ways to cope with what may be a "new normal". However, a small percent of your patient's families may experience elevating and escalating distress and/or traumatic stress reactions. Identifying your high risk families and providing early interventions and treatments is critical. The Psychosocial Assessment Tool, referred to as the PAT, is a brief parent-report screener of family psychosocial risk. The PAT helps identify families who are at higher risk for experiencing elevated and/or escalating distress and would benefit from targeted psychosocial intervention.
How does your hospital assess the psychosocial risk of newly diagnosed families?