PPC SERIES Building Resilience in Children and Caregivers Facing Serious Pediatric Illness

Patients and families facing serious pediatric illnesses face a unique and challenging experience, including disruption of normal physical, mental and social development. The impacts can be long-lasting. Patients, siblings, and parents may be at risk for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. In some cases they may be less likely to achieve milestones such as attending school, gaining independence or forming close friendships. In this session you will learn ways to help children, teens, and young adults – and their parents – become more resilient in the face of serious health problems. The goal is to equip patients and families with skills that improve their outcomes and help them lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

Objectives:
1. Describe resilience theory and how it does (or does not) relate to pediatric experiences
2. Describe a novel tool to promote resilience in pediatric patients and parents
3. Describe clinical questions to ask patients and families in order to help them feel more resilient.

About the presenter:
Abby R. Rosenberg, MD, MS, MA
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, with joint appointments in the divisions of Bioethics & Palliative Care, and Hematology/Oncology.

Abby R. Rosenberg, MD, MS, MA, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, with joint appointments in the divisions of Bioethics & Palliative Care, and Hematology/Oncology. She received her MD from Stanford University and did her pediatrics residency and fellowship training at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington.

She is currently the director of the Palliative Care and Resilience research program at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and the director of Pediatrics in the University of Washington Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of medical, psychosocial, and bioethical issues involved in the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with serious illness. Specifically, she and her team endeavor to create evidence-based palliative care interventions to promote patient and family resilience. Current projects include NIH-funded randomized trials to test her novel resilience intervention in populations of teens with advanced cancer.