Health Watch - Treating Children: Family Rounds

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Good health begins in childhood, so some medical researchers focus on pediatric issues. This week on Health Watch, we’ll discuss some research findings affecting children. Although doctors and other medical professionals are the experts, including children’s family members in discussions can improve care.

When a child is hospitalized, an army of medical professionals may be involved, each of them checking status, making recommendations and administering treatment. Then all those people meet and talk about the cases.

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that having these discussions in the patients’ rooms and including patients’ family members improves communication and provides better training for junior physicians. Dr. Vineeta Mittal, a UT Southwestern pediatrician, says it helps to have everyone in the same room, hearing the same discussion, so that everyone – doctors and family members – is on the same page.

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July 2010


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