Child: care, health and development 2018 04 15() doi 10.1111/cch.12565
Physical and psychological challenges can arise from paediatric injury, which can impact child health outcomes. Evidence-based resources to promote recovery are limited. The low cost, portable Cellie Coping Kit for Children with Injury provides evidence-based strategies to help children manage injury-related challenges. This study aimed to describe intervention feasibility and explore initial outcomes (learning, quality of life [QOL], and trauma symptoms).
Three independent pilot studies were conducted. Child-parent dyads (n = 61) participated in the intervention; ~36% completed a 4-week follow-up assessment.
Results suggested that the intervention was feasible (e.g., 95% of parents would recommend the intervention; >85% reported that it was easy to use). Over 70% of participants reported learning new skills. No statistically significant differences were detected for children’s QOL or trauma symptoms preintervention to postintervention.
Preliminary research suggests that the Cellie Coping Kit for Children with Injuries is a feasible, low-cost, preventive intervention, which may provide families with strategies to promote recovery from paediatric injury. Future research, including a randomized controlled trial, ought to further examine targeted long-term intervention outcomes.