Opinion: Don’t let pandemic deter taking your sick child to emergency

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Emergency entrance, in Edmonton Alta. File photo. DAVID BLOOM/Postmedia Dr. Shannon Scott, Dr. Lisa Hartling, Hannah M. Brooks Edmonton Journal   The outbreak of COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on how health information is communicated, how individuals seek health information and services, and how these services are delivered. There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of children and families seeking health care, as well as delays in seeking health care. Visiting the emergency department (ED) can be scary Continue reading →

Has your child had a concussion?

Has your child ever had a concussion? We want to hear from you!   Has your child ever had a concussion? We want to talk to you and your child about your experiences. Your story will help us understand how health professionals & researchers can support families affected by concussions. Interviews will be 30-60 minutes, and all information gathered will be kept confidential and private. Participants will receive a $25 Chapters giftcard. Please contact us or email echokt@ualberta.ca for more information about participating in this study! Continue reading →

Parents Needed for COVID-19 Study

Has your child tested positive for COVID-19? We want to understand parent experiences and information needs!   We are interviewing Canadian parents of children who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our goal is to understand parent experiences and information needs. Interviews will be 30-60 minutes, and all information gathered will be kept confidential and private. Participants will receive a $25 Superstore giftcard. Please contact us or email echokt@ualberta.ca for more information about participating in this study. This study is being conducted at Continue reading →

Videos, ebooks help parents decide when children need to go to ER

Featured in the University of Alberta Folio, Drs. Shannon Scott and Lisa Hartling talk about their research programs and the health resources we have developed. The best way to inform parents of the latest evidence on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood illnesses is to tell them a story, according to the researchers behind an innovative program at the University of Alberta. “In Canada, one in five kids who go to the emergency room department don’t need to be there and could be treated elsewhere,” Continue reading →

From Clinical Trials to Picture Books: The Creative Challenge of Translating Research 

Featured in the University of Alberta Quad, our Stakeholder Engagement and Research Coordinator Michelle Chan writes about our research. If you have, or have ever taken care of, a young child, you might have experienced an unsettling panic when they start to exhibit symptoms of being unwell. Is that cough normal? Is it a cold? Is it croup? And what do you do about it? Instead of scrolling through websites with complex and confusing information, you could instead look through a simple and engaging infographic Continue reading →

Interested in our tool development process?

When it comes to developing our parent tools, we make sure to involve families in the process from start to finish.  This image gives you a snapshot into what our research process looks like for each of the knowledge translation (KT) tools we develop for families and caregivers. These tools/health resources provide information based on the latest research about the symptoms of common childhood conditions, how to manage them at home, and when to seek care. If you are interested in getting involved in our Continue reading →