Fluffy Friends for Children with Chronic Conditions
Up to 40% of the 18 million children living with a chronic illness in the US alone develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Our Initiative: Making a Difference
The Fluffy Friends Program strengthens physician-patient trust with a teddy bear personalized to each patient's diagnosis, ensuring no child ever feels alone in their journey with a lifelong illness.
Patients with lifelong diagnoses will always need their physician- a physician they can trust to make the right decisions for their health and well-being. Without that, patients suffer. They are more likely to withhold crucial information a doctor needs in order to properly treat them. They are less likely to confide in their doctor when something is bothering them. A trusting relationship between a patient and his/her physician is one of the key factors of adverse childhood event (ACE) outcomes. A teddy bear is a child's best friend, often the first, who understands life in every way. The Fluffy Friends program provides physicians with a tool to demonstrate compassionate care while providing patients with a forever friend. Additionally, empathetic care has been demonstrated to help prevent physician burnout. Here at Fluffy Friends for Children with Chronic Conditions, we work to strengthen patient's support system so that they never feel alone.