Ancillary Services in Pediatric Departments of USA

Indian Pediatr. 2020 Nov 15;57(11):999-1003.


It is well known that prolonged hospitalizations and medical procedures have adverse psychological impact on children. Ancillary services in the pediatric departments help in mitigating stress, improve patient satisfaction, reduce procedural time, and improve the quality of life. This can be translated to measurable outcomes such as less doctor's visits, fewer symptoms, early discharge and fewer medications. Other benefits include conserving staff time and energy, thereby increasing productivity, staff retention and decreasing burnout. As more free-standing children's hospitals emerge, the ancillary services will gain more recognition and popularity to give the best patient care experience.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Hospitals, Pediatric*
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life*