Friday, September 26, 2008

New study shows that kids want to be included in own health care

CTV.ca | Kids want to be included in own health care: study

Even though this is a very small study, I find it very consistent with things that I have heard from my own children as well as others. When one of my daughters had cancer the hospital that we were in made very sure (through child play specialists as well as others), that children were able to express their own feelings about their care. I was also "lucky" that it was my "verbal" daughter who had cancer (if you can ever use the word "lucky" to refer to childhood cancer- she's said herself that it was better that she would get cancer rather than one of her siblings, which makes me proud as well as breaks my heart). She was able to tell us what she was feeling and what she wanted throughout most of the diagnostic/recovery period. I've always believed that the more that the "patient" has input into their care (whether it's cancer or autism or CPD or whatever), the better the results are likely to be.

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2 comments:

Phil said...

There is a strong study to the contrary ... from The Onion ...

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/study_most_children_strongly

Jen said...

Awesome :-)