ERIC Number: ED247008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the Educational and Therapeutic Needs of Short Term Hospitalized Children with the Aid of the Computer.
Ciminero, Sandra Elser
The acute care pediatric/adolescent unit at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Illinois offers patients computer services consisting of recreation, general education, newspaper, and patient education components. To gather information concerning patients' experience with computers and to assess the effectiveness of computer services, data were collected by surveys and observation. Survey results indicated, among other things, that a computer does motivate older patients who would have refused other activities available to them. Observations indicated that computer services meet many basic needs for the patient: hastening recovery, providing a sense of control, discouraging self-imposed isolation, and promoting psychosocial adjustment to the hospital. It is concluded that the computer provides very positive therapeutic and educational experiences for children and adolescents from 6 to 20 years of age. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Care of Children's Health (Houston, TX, May 27-30, 1984).