Irish researchers learned that children ages 7 to 18 wanted to be part of care-related discussions and have their views and concerns heard. But according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, the way health professionals communicated was a major barrier to children being included in such discussions. "Communicating with children, and including them in decisions about their care, conveys respect, enhances and develops their decision-making capabilities and contributes to psychosocial well-being," said study co-author Imelda Coyne.

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