Pediatric autoimmune diseases: Kawasaki disease, juvenile dermatomyositis and juvenile localized scleroderma
Mental health disorders are prevalent in patients with childhood-onset rheumatic disease, and they can adversely impact clinical and psychosocial outcomes. Mental health is increasingly recognized by patients, parents and clinicians as an important component of overall health. Yet, mental health is not typically addressed as part of standard care in the pediatric rheumatology setting. This session will review the existing literature to elucidate the impact of mental health on pediatric patients with rheumatic disease and their families. The session will also review evidence-based approaches to mental health screening and intervention in the pediatric rheumatology setting. The multi-disciplinary session will feature faculty from the disciplines of pediatric rheumatology and psychology.