Thirty-five percent of children receiving treatment for mental health issues are treated only by a primary care physician, due in part to a shortage in pediatric mental health care providers as well as a stigma in consulting them. Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.
Dr. Jeanne Van Cleve, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Dr. Douglas Tynan, clinical psychologist, American Psychological Association
Dr. Scott Benson, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Pensacola, FL
911 is literally a lifeline for millions of Americans, but it’s mostly based on old technology depending on land line phones to know where callers are. Expensive next generation technology built for the 75 percent of 911 calls from cell phones has helped push call centers to consolidate. But will it cost lives when a far away call center worker with no local geographic knowledge takes your call?
Healing Children: Not Just Little Adults
Children’s medicine is more specialized than many people think. Pediatric practitioners and hospitals are set up to deal with the different biology of children. An expert explains.
Peanut allergies in children have skyrocketed to the point that many schools ban foods containing them. Now studies show previous advice is wrong. Rather than keeping kids away from peanuts to protect them, parents should give most infants peanuts from an early age. An allergy expert who is co-author of new guidelines explains.
Scientists have discovered that the way parents talk to their infants has a huge effect on their intellectual development and later success. Experts discuss why and how parents should hold “conversations” with their babies.
Kidney stones in children and adolescents used to be unusual. Over the last 30 years, they’ve become much more common. Experts discuss why this may be occurring, why doctors still sometimes miss the diagnosis, and how kidney stones are treated in children.
Synopsis: Studied have found that many doctors don’t really listen to their patients, and so miss how illness is affected by the “other things” in life. Experts discuss how to help doctors consider the patient as a whole.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Saul Jeremy Weiner, Professor of Medicine, pediatrics and Medical Education, University of Illinois and co-author, Listening For What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care; Dr. Alan Schwartz, Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Medical Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, and co-author, Listening For What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care.