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FEB 18-19th 2023
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How to reduce the negative impact of long term paediatric patients (and families) experience at the hospital and make it as pleasant as possible?



How to maintain and nurture the social bounds pre existing before the hospital?


Being in the hospital when you are a teenager makes you feel different than the other young people. It’s hard to be a teenager, but it’s harder if you are for long periods in the hospital. You feel alone and disconnected from your family, mates and friends. In this context it’s essential to have easy means to be in touch with them and also with the other teenagers that are at the same time as you in the hospital.

When in hospital, young children want to feel socially connected to the internal hospital community as well as to the outside world. Technology can assist to broaden the spectrum of children's social connectivity when in hospital - to home, school and the wider outside world - and create a positive hospital experience.’

Main challenges:

Break the routine of being in the hospital (it can be many days in the same room and facilities) it’s important. Support during the process by experts and other patients can help to make better the experience, as in the second case you have peers to share your feelings and emotions. The lack of addressing the issue may lead to:

Depression: Low self-steem, lack of concentration, demotivation, etc.


Experiences of abandonment: Feeling left out, abandoned, closing up, etc.


Maladjustment reactions: Pathological anxiety, neurological reactions (phobias, hysteria, conversion, obsessions), etc.