This pair of stories from Kaiser Health News reports on new kinds of health professionals and the role they have within the health care continuum.
Kaiser Health News: 'Child Life Specialists' Help Sick Kids Be Kids
Yoselyn Gaitan, an eight-year-old with a shy smile, sits quietly in an exam room at Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C., wearing a tiny hospital gown. She looks a little uneasy as she waits to be brought back to the operating room for the final surgery on her cleft palate. Kelly Schraf spots her through the curtain, and tiptoes into her room (Gold, 7/23).
Kaiser Health News: Meet A New Breed Of Medical Professional: The Health Coach
Health coaches are a new kind of health professional, and it's their job to help people make those easy-to-say, hard-to-do behavioral changes that promote good health -- getting enough exercise, eating a balanced diet, managing stress (Feidt, 7/23).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.