The Role of a Psychologist on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
This paper highlights the many complex psychological needs of paediatric patients in intensive care. The literature on the experience of children in intensive care and their relatives is reviewed and related to the work of a paediatric psychologist. Case examples are given of direct work with children and suggestions are made of ways in which the psychologist can work in a consultation/liaison capacity. The personal impact of this work is addressed, as is the need to disseminate information to other health professionals. Further research is called for, both on the child's experience and on the development of appropriate psychological interventions.