Sozialpädiatrische Versorgungssituation und -bedarfe in Zeiten der COVID-19-Pandemie 2020 bis 2022. Was wird jetzt gebraucht?

Translated title of the contribution: Social pediatric care situation and needs during the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020 to 2022. What is needed now?


BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents with social pediatric care needs represent a group with special challenges. The aim of this qualitative study was to describe social pediatric care during the pandemic from the perspective of experts. From this, conclusions were to be drawn for any social pediatric care needs that may have arisen.

METHODS: Between May and November 2022, 25 experts from the field of social pediatrics were interviewed using guided interviews on the following topics: deviations in care, utilization behavior of families, individual burdens and resources, and sustainable needs. The interviews were analyzed by two research assistants.

RESULTS: Overall, the social pediatric care offer was temporarily clearly limited. While families who were already well connected before the pandemic could be adequately cared for with the help of telephone/video contacts, an unreported number of at-risk groups, were described, for example, those with low competence to act, who did not make use of services or did so with delays. It was observed that there was a need for care for newly developed mental disorders and regression in therapy due to limited opportunities for support, as well as a need to catch up on missed opportunities for early support in the case of developmental disorders.

DISCUSSION: To meet the needs that have arisen, underserved families should be identified and cared for promptly, taking individual characteristics into account. To this end, for example, more outreach services should be established that reach affected families unbureaucratically.

Translated title of the contributionSocial pediatric care situation and needs during the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020 to 2022. What is needed now?
Original languageGerman
JournalBundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)351-361
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 03.2024

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-02 Public Health, Health Services Research and Social Medicine
  • 205-20 Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Coronavirus related work

  • Research on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

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