Programme no. 501-WS
Quality Improvement
Challenges in research and in clinical practice when dealing with children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing in a family perspective
Kirsten Lykke*1, Ole Richard Haavet*2, Philip Wilson*3
1Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen,The Research Unit for General Practice and Section of General Practice, ,DK-1014 Copenhagen,Denmark, 2Department of General Practice,Institute of Health and Society,Oslo,Norway, 3Centre for Rural Health,Centre for Health Science, University Of Aberdeen,Aberdeen,United Kingdom
* = Presenting author
Objectives: The aim of the workshop is to explore and discuss the challenges that practitioners and researchers meet when addressing the family perspective in their clinical work and research on children. Moreover, to discuss to what extend the family perspective is drawn into the context.
Background: International research and a growing body of Nordic research on children demonstrate that family health, social conditions and emotional environment have great impact on children’s health, wellbeing and long-term economic and social outcomes. At the same time is it a challenge to identify and support these families and their children in general practice. Studies show that the GP often does not see the child's health in a family perspective. Why? What are the challenges?

This workshop aim at combining research and clinical practice.

Content: Questions and themes:

Clinical practice

How does a GP gain knowledge about a family's health and dynamics, when he/she assesses the child's symptoms, morbidity or failure to thrive? Do we have any tools, questionnaires e.g., that can strengthen the physician's attention and understanding of the situation of the child and the family? How do we talk to parents with somatic or mental illnesses or substance abuse about the possible influence of their condition on the children’s health and development? How do we meet the parents' values and preferences, and how do we make sure that they keep their confidence in us?


How do we get knowledge on childhood health in a family and social perspective? What kind of information is important? How do we cope with challenges associated with research into children and families in different study designs (informed consent from children, parental trust, identification of children at risk etc.)?

Method: Short presentations follow by group discussions

Other considerations: We hope that the workshop will be placed in the program following the symposium