Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison Service (inpatient)
We provide a Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison (C-L) service for pediatric inpatients admitted to the medical, surgical, intensive care and rehabilitation units at Cincinnati Children’s. This service assists patients and their families with a variety of concerns related to their hospitalization including pain management, coping with new diagnoses, anxiety related to hospitalization and family-team communication. While healthcare providers often identify patients and families who may benefit from this service, patients and families can request a consult. The Behavioral Medicine C-L Service is designed to help promote family-centered care.
Psychological Testing Consultations to Psychiatry
Children and adolescents admitted to psychiatry’s inpatient, partial hospitalization and residential treatment programs can be referred for a psychological testing consultation.
Testing consultation is useful for diagnostic clarification, case conceptualization and outpatient treatment planning, especially when patients are not making progress with outpatient treatment or need a quick response due to a psychiatric crisis. Psychological testing can identify illness factors that a patient cannot identify or articulate. It can help the care team prioritize personalized treatment goals, and can serve as a second opinion to support or refute initial clinical impressions. In addition, testing can identify and document changes in functioning following residential treatment.
The testing team meets with the child during his or her psychiatry stay and provides testing results to the treatment team within a day.