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