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The role of a child life specialist in a pediatric radiology department

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Child life programming is predominantly developed in inpatient areas throughout major pediatric hospitals. However, the trend toward outpatient services has increased the need for facilities to develop child life positions to assist in the teaching demands of patients and families coming in for routine hospital visits. Since radiology is often the first experience for families, but not the last, it is essential to involve them in a positive experience. Imaging facilities serving pediatric patients are currently developing or considering child life programs. A certified child life specialist (CCLS) is committed to developing programming that enhances the child's understanding and involvement in their medical experience. This paper provides an outline of the responsibilities and areas of expertise of the CCLS in a pediatric radiology department. The reviewed program is based on, but not limited, to fluoroscopy.

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The author thanks Dr. George Taylor, Dr. Robert Lebowitz, Ms. Alison Clapp, Ms. Myra Fox and Mrs. Marcia Hartley for their guidance. Ms. Jane Choura for preparing the manuscript.

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McGee, K. The role of a child life specialist in a pediatric radiology department. Pediatr Radiol 33, 467–474 (2003).

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