The Convention on the Rights of the Child highlights the need to promote equality in communication between health care professionals and children seen in health care (Unicef, 2018).
In this regard, participation and person-centeredness is important in the interaction with each child to provide adequate information on the radiographic process in a way that the child can understand.
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, article 24:
Children shall have the right to care as is necessary for their well-being.
Description of activity and work performed
Children with special needs
It is well-known, that children with special needs, such as for example children with ASD, tend to be more anxious than typically developed children (Johnson & Rodriguez, 2013).
In addition those children may have difficulties, which may be a challenge when seen for a procedure in the Radiology Department.
Difficulties may be regarding communication, both to express themselfs and also to understand verbal information.
Also, it may be difficulties in the social interaction, maybe not being able to ”read” and understand...
Conclusion and recommendations
Person-centeredness in the radiographic process is a prerequisite for a sucessful interaction with children and their family.
Interaction and information adapted to each child’s level of understanding may facilitate participation in the radiographic procedure.
Guidelines and pictures developed for the radiographic context can be used to facilitate the interaction during radiographic procedures.
B. Møller Christensen; Jönköping/SE - nothing to disclose
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Beukelman, D.R., & Mirenda, P. Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting children and adults with complex communication needs. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks Pub. 2013.
Björkman, B.; Golsäter, M.; Simeonsson, R.J.; Enskär, K. Will it Hurt? Verbal Interaction between Child and Radiographer during Radiographic Examination. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2013; 28, 10-18.
Björkman, B. Children in the Radiology...