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***Search Spotlight***: Child Life Services & Psychosocial Literature

by Erin Moore on 2024-03-29T10:58:53-07:00 in Education, Nursing, Nursing: Nursing research, Oncology, Pediatrics | 0 Comments

Today's Search Spotlight is doubly special. Why, you may wonder? For starters, March is Child Life Month! Banner Health Foundation & Alzheimer Foundation recently published a timely article on the work of Child Life Specialists.  Our main reason for highlighting Child Life & General Psychosocial Resources today is because we received a direct request from you, a fellow Banner team member, who asked for better visibility of these resources. Banner Library reflects you, the health care professional, so we welcome your feedback and requests. 

Your Banner Librarians have pulled together some resources that center Child Life and Psychosocial literature! Please consider that both of these topics as stated are very broad. Inquiry into any specific aspect of these overall topics is nuanced and complex.  It would be useful to search in specialty databases that are not necessarily part of Banner database subscriptions. Lastly, pease contact your librarians if you'd like to schedule a consult or book individual or group training on a variety of topics!

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  1. Transforming the Pediatric Experience: The Story of Child LifePediatr Ann. 2017 Sep 1;46(9):e345-e351. PMID: 28892551
  2. Mandatory Child Life Consultation and Its Impact on Pediatric MRI Workflow in an Academic Medical Center. 

    J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Jun;12(6):594-8.  Epub 2015 Apr 22. PMID: 25912290

  3. Pediatric anxiety: child life intervention in day surgeryJ Pediatr Nurs. 2006 Feb;21(1):13-22. PMID: 16428010

  4. Procedural sedation in children with autism spectrum disorders: A survey of current practice patterns of the society for pediatric sedation members. Paediatr Anaesth. 2018 Jun;28(6):552-557.PMID: 29732645

  5. The role of child life in pediatric pain management: a survey of child life specialists.  J Pain. 2008 Apr;9(4):320-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2007.11.004. Epub 2008 Jan 16.PMID: 18201933 [Indexed for MEDLINE]

  6. Preoperative Care of Children: Strategies From a Child Life Perspective. AORN J. 2016 Jul;104(1):11-22.PMID: 27350351 

  7. The multidisciplinary pediatric psycho-oncology workforce: A national report on supervision for staff and training opportunities. 

    Psychooncology. 2018 Dec;27(12):2802-2808. Epub 2018 Oct 14.PMCID: PMC6715455; PMID: 30242934

  8. Five Reasons Why Pediatric Settings Should Integrate the Play Specialist and Five Issues in Practice. Front Psychol. 2021 Jun 29;12:687292. eCollection 2021. PMCID: PMC8275832 ;PMID: 34267710

  9. Reducing preoperative anxiety with Child Life preparation prior to intravenous induction of anesthesia: A randomized controlled trial. PMID: 31869478. Paediatr Anaesth. 2020 Feb;30(2):168-180. . Epub 2020 Jan

  10. Child Life Services. Pediatrics. 2021 Jan;147(1):e2020040261. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Nov;57(13):1567-1575. Epub 2018 Sep 3.  PMID: 33372119

  11. Child Life Reduces Distress and Pain and Improves Family Satisfaction in the Pediatric Emergency Department.

     Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Nov;57(13):1567-1575.  Epub 2018 Sep 3PMID: 30175600


Psychosocial Resources



  • OVID Medline - Subject Headings - along with your keyword search, use the following official search terminology
    • Psychosocial Intervention
    • Psychosocial Support Systems
  • CINAHL UltimateSubject Headings: along with your keyword search, use the following official search terminology
    •  Support, Psychosocial; 
    • Diagnosis, Psychosocial
    • Psychosocial Functioning
    • Psychosocial Intervention
    • Rehabilitation, Psychosocial 
    • Psychosocial Deprivation
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Illness
    • Psychosocial Care (Saba CCC)
    • Psychosocial Health (Iowa NOC)
    • Psychosocial Adaptation (Iowa NOC)
    • Psychosoical Adjustment: Life Change (Iowa NOC)
    • Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale
    • Psychological Tests
    • Dignity Therapy
  • PubMed - MeSH Headings 
    • "Psychosocial Deprivation"[Mesh] 
    • "Psychosocial Intervention"[Mesh]
    • "Psychosocial Functioning"[Mesh] 
    • "Psychosocial Support Systems"[Mesh]
    • "Psychiatric Rehabilitation"[Mesh] 
    • "Psycho-Oncology"[Mesh]

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