Advancements in medical therapies, devices, and surgeries have improved survival and allowed children diagnosed with life-threatening heart conditions to thrive. However, significant physical, cognitive, and psychosocial challenges still exist throughout their lifespan, and adult cardiac rehabilitation protocols do not fully address the multitude of potential deficits. This symposium will explore who pediatric cardiac patients are, what the diagnosis means for them as they age, why adult structured cardiac rehabilitation programs do not meet their needs, and what a comprehensive pediatric cardiac rehabilitation model addresses. Participants will come away with a better knowledge of this growing population and the exciting role that all rehabilitation professionals play in optimizing resiliency, self-advocacy, and adaptation. As this is a developing model, participants will be provided with time to actively consider, critique, and guide thoughts about the next steps for beginning the action cycle of the knowledge translation process.
Discover how using the Knowledge Translation Process bridges the gap between current practice, clinician experience, and new program development.
Describe the pediatric heart patient, their lifespan challenges, and why the adult cardiac rehabilitation model might not fit.
Describe the PCR Conceptual Framework: Domains, metrics, rounding tool, and other considerations.