The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has reaccredited Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation’s (CCCHR) Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program for another three years. The intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment program was the first CARF-accredited program of its kind in the world and is now one of only two to pass scrutiny by this prestigious organization.
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“CARF accreditation conveys that our program meets the highest standards in terms of clinical care, operations and patient satisfaction,” says Gerard Banez, PhD, Director of Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation. “In addition, CARF looks for commitment to continuous improvement. “
As in 2017, the CARF review team was generous in its praise of the program’s strengths.
“The organizational leadership is forward-thinking, results-oriented and a role model for collegial interactions,” they said. “This air of shared responsibility between leadership and staff translates into excellent service and excellent clinical outcomes to the patients and families.”
“Within the walls of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation there is a palpable focus on the patient experience,” they added. “The program offers a comprehensive and unique pediatric interdisciplinary pain specialty program in a child-and-family-friendly setting. The environment is conducive to healing and recovery… The team is focused on ensuring that the patient and the patient’s support structures are satisfied with their care.”
The average patient in the CCCHR pain rehab program is a junior high- or high school-aged student, although patients as young as eight have been treated. They are referred by their physician after experiencing little or no improvement with past outpatient services rendered appropriately. About two-thirds of patients come from outside Ohio.
The program is uniquely structured to help young patients learn to manage their pain and equip their parents to better understand and assist them:
Results consistently show that levels of pain and functional impairment are significantly improved upon release from the program, and that this improvement endures.
“In follow-up surveys, the vast majority of patients have said pain no longer interferes with the activities they want to do,” Dr. Banez says. “It’s most gratifying for us when parents say, ‘Thanks for giving us our kids back and helping them be kids again.’”