Videoconferencing eases stress for pediatric patients

Pediatric hospital patients find comfort in being able to interact with family and friends via videoconferencing, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics. For the study, researchers at UC Davis Children's Hospital examined 367 children who had been hospitalized for no fewer than four days. Roughly 230 took advantage of the hospital's Family-Link program, in which patients are given laptops with webcams to interact with loved ones. The remaining children did not use the program.

"We have many children who transfer from other hospitals and even other states," study first author Nikki Yang said in a statement. "Because they are too far away for family and friends to visit, they often ask for laptops so they can teleconference. That was the origin of Family-Link." Announcement