Day 1 :
CDH International, USA
Time : 10:00-10:40
Purpose: To assess the opinions of parents of children born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia on how well the medical professionals cared for and communicated with the patients and their families.
Methods: We reviewed the results of our survey for 161 patients between the years 1995 and 2017. This study included 53 female survivors, 64 male survivors, 27 female non-survivors, and 17 male non-survivors. Parents were asked basic subjective questions on how well they felt they were treated and how well they were informed of their child’s diagnosis.
Results: 90.6% of survivors’ and 77.3% of non-survivors’ parents said they felt the hospital staff did well in taking care of the patient and involved the parents in the decision making process. 3.4% survivors’ and 15.9% of non-survivors’ parents responded negatively. A total of 6.2% either didn’t respond or had no comment. When asked if the parent was given enough information about their child’s diagnosis, 76.9% of parents of survivors and 68.2% of parents of non-survivors answered affirmatively. 19.7% of survivors’ and 27.3% of non-survivors’ parents responded in the negative. 3.8% either had no comment or did not respond. The participants were then asked if the patient’s doctor explained the diagnosis in terms they could easily understand. Of the non-survivor’s families, 77.3% said “yes” and 15.9% said “no.” Of the survivor’s families, 88% responded “yes” and 6.8% “no.” The remaining 6.2% of both survivors and non-survivors either did not know or had no comment.
Conclusion: The vast majority of respondents agreed that their hospital experience was sufficient, there is still room to improve within the field of medical professionals. Our collected data can offer important insight into which hospitals need development and which institutions can be models for such development.
Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Oporto University, Portugal
Keynote: Effect of Taijiquan and Qigong on emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents
Time : 10:40-11:20
Jorge Magalhães Rodrigues is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Specialist by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Oporto University. With 18 years of experience in the field, focused in Taijiquan and Qigong, early career in sports granted him several official national and international titles, gradually turning solely to the therapeutic effect of these modalities, especially in children. In addition, he is founder and president of the Portuguese Institute of Taiji and Qigong.
Child development and wellness are strictly dependent on several factors among them physical activity, a proper nutrition and, of critical importance, a healthy mind. Psychopathologies like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), Anxiety and depressive disorders (ADD), and Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) have a direct negative impact on social, academic or occupational functioning of the affected children. If left untreated, these pathologies may progress to adulthood, thus requiring research strategies on conventional and nonconventional modalities of treatment. Several studies have already been performed on children and adolescents using Taijiquan and/or Qigong as treatment. These techniques follow the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, aiming to act and restore normal functioning of the body as a whole. With that in mind, this communication will present recent results on the topic, shedding some light on these alternative and complementary techniques for the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.