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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Fluffy Friends Program
Strengthening 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 trusting relationship 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.