SA Journal of Radiology
versão On-line ISSN 2078-6778
versão impressa ISSN 1027-202X
SHARBAUGH, Tracy; VAN ZIJL, Karen; BEAUCHEMIN, Emily e BOLAND, Catherine. Paediatric radiology from a psychosocial lens. S. Afr. J. radiol. (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.2, pp.1-3. ISSN 2078-6778. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v19i2.913.
Globally, hospitals and medical centres have a reputation of causing individual patients an increased level of anxiety, stress and pain owing to their foreign environments, intimidating examinations and rigorous treatments. Because of children's cognitive and developmental levels of understanding and communication, they are more susceptible to increased levels of stress and trauma associated with medical examinations and hospitalisation. Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLSs) are professionals trained in child development and family systems expertise who work directly with children and families to meet their psychosocial and emotional needs in order to help them overcome some of life's most challenging events, including hospitalisation, illness and trauma. This article aims to address the history of the child life profession and the significance of child life in a paediatric imaging unit, and to discuss the current and future status of psychosocial services in South Africa.