- Respond to consultations ordered by attending physicians to inpatients from medical floors in the hospital
- Follow patients who require continued intervention throughout hospitalization
This Service focuses on children and adolescents who have acute or chronic medical problems and prevention of medical conditions in children and adolescents. Services are provided to patients on the following inpatients/outpatients units: Neurology, Hematology/Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, among others. The training experience focuses on the behavioral aspects of chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, sickle cell disease, asthma, Crohn's disease, etc.), adherence with treatment regimens and problems with disease management (e.g., stress management during medical procedures), and supportive interventions for children and adolescents with chronic diseases.
Cases range from pain management to complex family dysfunction and provide training experiences in behavioral interventions and prevention of psychological adjustment problems. Training opportunities include individual and family based intervention. Training is provided in consultation, assessment, and treatment before, during and after medical interventions. Interns participate as members of multi-disciplinary teams providing comprehensive health care. Multidisciplinary teams consist of physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, speech/language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, and patient advocates. Team meetings and case conferences provide a forum for clinical discussions and training across services.