Assessing Mental Health Resources in U.S. Trauma Centers for Families Affected by Pediatric Traumatic Injury

Date Added
September 27th, 2019
PRO Number
Leigh Ridings

List of Studies

Children's Health, Depression, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Surgery

Pediatric traumatic injury (PTI) – defined as unintentional injury requiring hospitalization and, often, extended periods of physical and emotional recovery – is experienced by 300,000 children in the U.S. annually. Roughly 20-40% of children and caregivers develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or depression following PTI, yet most U.S. trauma centers fail to provide even basic mental health screening post-injury. It is critical to advance our knowledge of available mental health services in trauma centers for this frequently overlooked population to accelerate their physical and emotional recovery. In this project, trauma center providers across the U.S. will complete a survey and a qualitative interview to assess their current protocols and resources available to screen and treat children and families' mental health in the aftermath of PTI, as well as their opinions regarding feasibility of implementing protocols to better address the emotional health recovery within this population.

Recruitment Contact
Leigh Ridings

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