‘Democratizing knowledge’: Shannon Scott empowers parents making critical decisions for their kids’ care

Shanon Scott CRC Chair, Evidence in Child Health to improve Outcomes (ECHO)

Featured in the Canadian Nurse, Dr. Shannon Scott talk about her first-hand experience with the stress and uncertainty families face when deciding if their child’s illness requires a trip to the emergency room. 

“I’ve been there many times, wondering OK — do we actually need to go to a health-care setting, or can we wait until tomorrow? Because if we go now there are four of us having to go,” says Scott, an RN, professor, and Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing in Edmonton.

“I know how tough those decisions are and the implications of those decisions.”

Providing parents with the information they need to make complex decisions about their children’s health is Scott’s goal as a founding co-director of TREKK (Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids).


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