Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Changing Face of Pediatric Chronic Care in Israel

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Changing Face of Pediatric Chronic Care in Israel

Article excerpt

Chronic illnesses are common among children, and it is estimated that at least 16% of children in Israel have one or more diseases that can be characterized as chronic. Though the severity of different chronic illnesses is variable, there are common challenges that these children and their families confront. The child with a chronic illness confronts physical, social, and emotional challenges related to the disease. Medical care that is solely directed to specific physical conditions is inadequate, as children with chronic conditions require comprehensive rehabilitative services, psychological care, and assistance in coping with both social and educational environments that are not geared to meeting the special requirements of a child with a chronic disease. A child's greatest desire is to be like everyone else and parents want to see their children leading as normal lives as possible. Unfortunately, chronic disease stands in the way of such aspiration and these children are often not afforded the chance to experience social interactions even when they are capable for having such interactions.

The goal of the Hadassah Center for Children with Chronic Diseases (HCCCD) is to enhance the care provided to children with chronic diseases, and to help them and their families contend with the challenges of living with a chronic disease. …

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