Calming children's hospital anxieties
from Contemporary Pediatrics
By addressing a child's fears and anxiety, a physician is better able to build a trusting relationship with the patient and family. That's especially important in the ED where there isn't a lot of time for relationship building. Children's anxiety in the hospital setting affects care and safety — most critically, whether or not they need to be sedated for tests and procedures. Strategies to reduce their anxiety can have big impacts on children's experiences, quality of care, and healthcare costs. The literature reflects that, to be successful, such strategies have to be implemented correctly.
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