According to the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on child life services, “the provision of child life services is a quality benchmark of an integrated patient- and family-centered health care system, are commended component of medical education, and an indicator of excellence in pediatric care(Committee on Hospital Care & Child Life Council, 2014). The addition of interventions from a Certified Child Life Specialist can improve outcomes for pediatric patients and health systems across a number of measures, including patient anxiety and cooperation, parent and patient satisfaction,reduction in anesthesia use, and decreased healthcare costs.

Committee on Hospital Care, & Child Life Council. (2014). Policy statement: Child life services.
Pediatrics, 133(5), E1471-E1478. doi:doi:10.1542/peds.2014-0556
Certified Child Life Specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally- and psychologically appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures and education that support and reduce fear, anxiety and pain for children, adolescents, and families. They work in partnership with families, interdisciplinary healthcare teams, and community professionals within the evolving healthcare system to meet the psychosocial, emotional, and developmental needs of children and adolescents. Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and trained in the developmental and psychological impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve outcomes,patient and family satisfaction, and ratings of their overall healthcare experience.
AAP Policy Statement on Child Life Services