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HHS 425: Working with Children in Healthcare Settings

This guide supports HHS 425, which focuses on working with children in the hospital/healthcare setting.

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How to look use MeSH terms to build a PubMed search

Some handy MeSH terms for Child Life Specialists

  • While there is currently no MeSH term for Child Life Specialists, try using "Child Life" as a keyword. 


  • To find Play Therapy methods, search: "Play Therapy/methods"[Mesh] . This is just one sub-category of "Sensory Art Therapies/methods"[Mesh] which also includes music and art therapies, among others.


  • Infant, Child, and Adolescent all have MeSH terms with optional subheadings. Alternatively, you can use the filter tool on the PubMed sidebar (you may need to click on 'Show additional filters' and choose 'Ages'). 
    • "Infant, Newborn"[Mesh] for children in the first 28 days after birth
    • "Infant"[Mesh] for children aged 1 to 23 months
    • "Child, Preschool"[Mesh] for children aged 2-5 years
    • "Child"[Mesh] for children aged 6-12 years
    • "Adolescent"[Mesh] for children aged 13-18 years


  • Other MeSH terms that might be helpful:
    • "Child Behavior"[Mesh]
    • "Anxiety/psychology"[Mesh]
    • "Patient-Centered Care/methods"[Mesh]
    • "Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)"[Mesh]
    • "Patient Care Team"[Mesh]
    • "Patient Education as Topic"[Mesh]

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