ESPN 53rd Annual Meeting

ESPN 2021


 
Virtual Art Therapy: Meeting the psychological needs of Children and Young People with chronic kidney disease during the Covid-19 pandemic
ELEANOR STUBBS 1 SARAH SHAMETI 1 MUSHFEQUR R HAQ 1 RODNEY GILBERT 1 CAROLINE ANDERSON 1 ANNE-SOPHIE DARLINGTON 2 ALEJANDRA RECIO-SAUCEDO 2 KIRSTY EDWARDS 3 ARVIND NAGRA 1

1- SOUTHAMPTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
2- UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
3- TEAPOT TRUST CHARITY
 
Introduction:

Children and young people (CYP) with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are known to have increased psychosocial needs. During the covid-19 pandemic psychological needs increased. A Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Teapot Trust Charity offered a virtual art therapy intervention to CYP with CKD to support these psychological needs. 

Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of virtual art therapy in CYP with CKD

Material and methods:

The hospital MDT identified and shared referrals with the Teapot Trust art therapist. CYP completed a Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) survey at the start and end of the intervention to assess impact on psychological wellbeing

31.8.20 – 21.12.2020: 8 CYP (aged 6-14 years) received virtual art therapy support. Sessions were delivered 1:1 (N=4) or group session (N=4). CYPs needs were identified at their initial session and a support plan put in place. Progress was reviewed after 8 weeks and sessions extended as needed. An enjoyment form was completed at the end of the intervention.

Parent feedback about their child’s well-being and enjoyment was collected at the end of the intervention. 

Results:

CYP: N=8.

CYP received a mean of 8 (range 6 – 18) sessions. 

Mean WEMWBS score increased from 82.7 at baseline to 91.3 post intervention.  

100% showed improved self-esteem, improved mood, increased energy, motivation and increased relaxation.

Parents (N=5) completed the feedback forms.  100% responses were positive.

CYP said it helped me understand all those feelings that were hidden for such a long time.”

Parent feedback the difference in R’s mental health from when she started the art therapy and finished was like night and day”…… “is being very proactive in her own self-care, seemed happier ………extremely pleased with the result”. 

Conclusions:

Psychological needs of CYP with CKD can be supported by virtual art therapy.