Innovation and Discovery

(From the June 2018 Issue of MedStat)

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Medical Home Care for Teens Appears to Benefit Caregiver Health as Well

Studies have shown that a medical home can improve the health-care quality of life among patients, but the effect appears to be broader. Parents of chronically-ill teens report a better health-care quality of life for themselves when their children receive care consistent with a medical home, especially if the care is family-centered and coordinated care, in a new study led by Deena Chisolm, PhD, program director of the Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program at the Center for Pediatric Innovation at Nationwide Children’s. The study is in Academic Pediatrics.

Learn more in this Research Now article.

Primary Care Providers Can Improve Outcomes for Patients and Families Who Have Suffered Trauma

Why should primary care providers know the signs and symptoms associated with trauma? More than 60 percent of children and caretakers experience at least one trauma and evidence shows an association between traumatic events and long-term physical and mental health issues. There are questions to ask, answers to listen for and appropriate interventions. Anna Kerlek, MD, a psychiatrist at Nationwide Children’s, concedes that pediatricians may feel this is beyond their traditional role but argues the payoff for families and children is well worth it.  

Learn more in this Pediatrics Nationwide article.

Preventative and Acute Therapies for Migraine Offer More Management Options

Migraines cause children stress and to miss school, and interrupts parents’ work and schedules. While educating patients and families about healthy lifestyles and avoiding migraine triggers remains the foundation of treatment, new advances and approved use of triptans for children offer new options. The Division of Neurology at Nationwide Children’s reviewed potential strategies for migraine management and created charts on preventative and acute therapies.

Read more in this PediatricsOnline article.