Assessing our Assessment: Meeting Patient's Needs in an Evolving Healthcare System
In an evolving healthcare system, it is crucial that child life's approach to assessing patient and family needs also adapts. To improve clinician's competence and confidence in conducting assessments, this session will incorporate the evidence on the risk factors known to be associated with elevated patient distress in healthcare. Evidenced-based assessment improves how child life communicates and advocates within the multidisciplinary team.
Participants will be able to identify opportunities for improvement at the end of treatment
Participants will be able to identify strategies for implementation
Participants will be able to create a developmentally appropriate questionnaire for all ages
Tommi Beth McHugh
Tommi McHugh is the Educator and Program Coordinator for the Children's Hospital Colorado. Tommi began her child life career in 1989 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She has worked as Educator at CHCO since 2016, and previously developed experience in a wide variety of inpatient areas, bereavement support, and hospice. Tommi is an adjunct instructor at Colorado State University
Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Manager and Research and Quality Improvement Specialist for the Child Life Department. She served as the chair of the Evidenced-Based Practice Committee for the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP) (2011-2013), the Research and Scholarship Committee for the ACLP (2015-2016), and the Proposal Subcommittee for the ACLP’s Scientific Advancement of Professional Practice (2016-2018). Jennifer has given numerous professional presentations. She has presented at ACLP’s Annual Conference for Professional Issues (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, & 2019) and the Children’s Hospital Associations Annual Conference (2013 & 2018). Her research interests include identifying the factors associated with children experiencing elevated distress in a healthcare setting and evaluating the efficacy of child life services.
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