Difficult conversations and pediatric heart transplantation

Difficult conversations and pediatric heart transplantation

Communication is the most common “procedure” a physician will perform in their career.  Good, patient- and family-centered communication improves adherence, increases family understanding and involvement in a patient’s care, leads to shortened hospital stays and reduces medical errors and litigation.  Learn about best practices in having difficult conversations from a pediatric psychologist on U-M’s pediatric heart transplant team.

Melissa Cousino, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist with the Transplant Center at University of Michigan.

Presented at the Joint Conference on Advances in Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease Management.

The Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked among the top children’s heart programs in the nation.  U-M’s pediatric heart transplant consistent reports low organ rejection rates and high patient survival rates that rank among the world’s best.

This presentation is part of the Joint Conference on Advances in Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease Management 2017. Learn more about the additional presentations in this series.


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