Most of us do not specialise in the healthcare of children – and yet most clinicians (doctors, nurses etc.) find that children (and their parents) make up a significant portion of their workload. For example, children account for around 30-40% of the caseload in GP and in ENT.
Most of us have had little formal teaching in how to respond to the challenges of consulting with children and their parents, including:
- Approaches to getting information at different ages
- Incorporating the needs of parents
- Organising turn-taking
- Gillick-competent children
- Other specific challenges of the three-handed consultation