Our health is affected by more than just our biology; health begins where we live, learn, work, and play. The foods we eat, the safety of our neighborhood, our financial resources and access to healthcare providers are examples of how our health is affected by our resources and the world around us. These factors are sometimes referred to as Social Determinants of Health.
Researchers within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Lurie Children’s are interested in understanding the relationship between these Social Determinants and how a family unit recovers from a child’s stay in the PICU. If we can better understand how a family’s resources, wellness, and cohesiveness are impacted by a PICU admission, we can identify opportunities to help all children and families thrive, during their PICU stay and afterwards.
The PICU Strong study consists of a survey administered at three timepoints: PICU admission, PICU discharge, and 3 months after PICU discharge. Participants who complete all the surveys will receive a gift card at each timepoint. The surveys can be completed on paper, online, or over the phone. All of the answers are kept confidential.
Participants will also have the option to be interviewed by a study team member 3 months after PICU discharge. These interviews will help the study team understand more about what life is like for kids and families after a PICU stay.