Grissom et al (2015) specifically explored the potential cost savings of child life intervention in the radiation treatment of pediatric oncology patients requiring cranial radiation and found the implementation of a play-based procedural preparation and support intervention provided by a Certified Child Life Specialist significantly reduced health-care costs by decreasing the need for daily sedation.

Specifically, they found that each minute of child life intervention was associated with a 0.4% increase in the odds of receiving cranial radiation with partial sedation rather than full sedation.

Additionally, they found that child life intervention reducing the need from full sedation to partial sedation resulted in a mean hospital cost savings of $77,814 per patient over the duration of their treatment (Grissom et al, 2015).

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