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After a Diagnosis is Made

When you don’t know why your child is sick, a hospital visit can be scary. And even once a diagnosis is made, that may seem confusing. Children’s National Health System knows it is important for families, as key parts of the care team; to be highly informed of their child’s condition and the treatment plan established upon diagnosis.

Understanding the Diagnosis

Our nurses are dedicated to the teach-back method when it comes to sharing information with families. The teach-back method helps to make sure the healthcare provider explained information clearly, ensures the family understands the information in their own words, and gives families the opportunity to ask questions if the information seems unclear. This method helps the families understand what will happen to their child, and opens the conversation with their child’s care team.

Second Opinions

After a diagnosis and once a treatment plan is presented, parents have the option of a second opinion. Parents may want to work with another physician or try an optional plan. All they have to do is talk to their current specialists or nurse to learn more.

Resources for Families

No matter what condition a child has, upon diagnosis a division nurse can provide access to support services or patient support groups.

Getting a Second Opinion

We provide access to leading pediatric specialists in your community. Patients are often referred to us by primary care physicians when your child needs specialty care or a second opinion.

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Preparing Your Child

We understand that you may be unsure about what to tell your child about surgery. Here are some age-appropriate guidelines from our Child Life specialists to help prepare both you and your child.

Schedule an Appointment

Whether your child is coming for an inpatient stay or an outpatient visit, it's helpful to know ahead of time what to expect and what to bring.