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ERIC Number: ED346991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Play and Education in Hospital: Getting Your Act Together.
Matthews, Maree
Child Life Programs in hospital settings aim to involve children in activities and relationships appropriate to their needs. Child Life programming is an essential component of health care, as it promotes: (1) advocacy for children, families, and individuals; (2) the sharing of resources and knowledge; (3) cohesion in the health care team; and (4) the ability to cope effectively with stressful situations. It is cost efficient and results in good public relations. Child Life encompasses assessment and planning; the building of supportive relationships; preparation; health care play activities and other focused interactions; support during medical procedures; documentation; and interdisciplinary collaborations. This paper offers observations on Child Life Programs in Australia, England, Canada, and the United States that are drawn from experiences at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and visits to hospitals in the other countries. Topics addressed include the importance of play and the consequences of cultural tendencies to trivialize it; efforts to incorporate a Child Life approach at the Royal Children's Hospital; and differences in the development of policies, accreditation standards, and quality assurance guidelines in Canada, England, and Australia. The paper highlights the Child Life program at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in the United States as an outstanding example of well-integrated care and education. The paper concludes by discussing the benefits of Child Life departments, including the reduction of post-hospital psychological upsets and the increased efficiency of allied health professionals. (AC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United Kingdom (England); United States