Primary Care Perspectives: Podcast for Pediatricians

Listen in as Katie Lockwood, MD, a primary care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), discusses hot topics in primary care with experts from across the Hospital and other kids health specialists. In this podcast series for pediatricians, subject-matter-experts weigh in on issues affecting the daily practice of pediatricians. You can also download these podcasts and subscribe to the series in the iTunes Store.

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Episode 102: Effective Communication with Patients with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

Approximately 15% of school-age children and adolescents in the U.S. are thought to have an emotional or behavioral disorder, and nearly two-thirds receive no formal mental health care. Pediatricians are increasingly being called on to screen for and treat mental health problems. Billie Samantha Schwartz, PhD, a Psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, sits down to tackle common communication challenges faced by primary care providers, and how to find a common factors approach (as recommended by the AAP) to build into practice. Published May 2021.

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Episode 101: Environmental Pediatrics: A Conversation with Leo Trasande

Parents often have questions about organic foods and environmental toxins such as BPA and phthalates. This conversation will help provide answers. Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, Jim G. Hendricks, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and author of “Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-disrupting Chemicals to Our Future...and What We Can Do” discusses a range of topics, including why environmental medicine is important in pediatrics; the importance of studying disease-related costs of chemicals; racial disparities in exposures to pesticides and other harmful chemicals; and information about topics parents often ask about, such as benefits of organic food, minimizing phthalate exposure, plastics versus glass, BPA and BPA-like chemicals in canned food and drinks, the safest water (probably from your tap!), safe baby food, and more. Published April 2021.

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Episode 100: The Addiction Inoculation: A Discussion with Author Jessica Lahey About Preventing Drug and Alcohol Problems in Kids

In celebration of the 100th episode of the Primary Care Perspectives podcast, Dr. Katie Lockwood welcomes a special guest, author Jessica Lahey, to discuss her most recent book, “The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence.” Lahey, whose perspective is informed by her own recovery from alcohol addiction and her experiences as a writing teacher and parent, writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post and is the author of the bestseller “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn How to Let Go So Their Kids Can Succeed,” from 2015. Here she shares insight on topics including: countering myths about drinking and drugs (such as “everyone does it”); the gateway hypothesis; how pediatricians can be an ally for parents and teenagers in decision-making around alcohol and drugs; the AAP guidelines for substance abuse in youth; tips for effective discussions with teenagers; and more. Published April 2021.

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Episode 99: Balancing Act: Assessing Vestibular Disorders in Pediatric Primary Care

A baby who can’t sit up by 7 months of age. A “clumsy” child who struggles with tasks such as riding a bike. A teenager experiencing dizziness 2-3 months after concussion. What do these patients have in common? They may benefit from assessment for a vestibular disorder. Robert O’Reilly, MD, attending physician, Division of Otolaryngology, and director, Balance and Vestibular Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses vestibular issues in children and teenagers. Includes: a review of the vestibular apparatus; clinical symptoms and signs of chronic vestibular issues; review of common causes of vestibular issues; when to refer for post-concussion dizziness or post-concussion positional vertigo; and more. Published March 2021.

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Episode 98: Virtual Learning Ergonomics: Encouraging Better Learning Environments and Evaluating for Injury

Ergonomics is the science of fitting a given environment to a person, to limit exposure to physical stressors that could lead to discomfort or injury. Ian Leahy, PT, DPT, a physical therapist with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses: the basics of a good home set-up; whether to recommend a standing desk; advice to help parents avoid unnecessary costs; tips for laptop users; importance of variability of position; tips to encourage movement; how static positions can cause adaptive shortening and trigger soft-tissue injury with return-to-sport; what to ask in the history to elicit information about home learning set-ups; relationship between forward head posture and new onset of headache; and more. Published March 2021.

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Episode 97: Cardiac Complications of COVID-19 in Children: How They Affect Outpatient Care Post-infection

Matthew Elias, MD, attending cardiologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses COVID-19’s impact on the heart and how it affects outpatient care for children who have recovered. Includes: a refresher on clinical symptoms of myocarditis, which vary by age and can be subtle; review of EKG findings with myocarditis (again, tricky); other cardiac effects of COVID; the potential for long-term cardiac effects; lack of knowledge about the extent to which other pediatric viruses affect the heart; significance of troponin levels in adults versus children; guidelines for return to sport following COVID infection, with age and severity of infection as factors; when to consider referral for EKG and outpatient cardiology evaluation; symptoms of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C); differences between MIS-C and Kawasaki disease; whether patients with congenital heart disease are at higher risk; and more.  Published February 2021.

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Episode 96: Intimate Partner Violence: A Mom and Survivor Shares Her Story

Fifteen million children are exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) in the U.S. every year, with 50% of those exposures severe. This podcast offers perspective from Kalena Brown, an advocate and mother whose primary care pediatrician helped her and her three children safely leave a domestic violence situation; Ashlee Lynn Murray, MD, MPH, attending physician, Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Melissa Dichter, MSW, PhD, associate professor, Temple University School of Social Work. They discuss the importance of routine screening for IPV in primary care; barriers to disclosure; co-occurrence of IPV and child abuse; how to screen under and over the age of 2; safety in screening and documentation; how to manage a positive screen; how to offer support when the family isn’t ready to be directed to resources; importance of longitudinal relationships between pediatricians and families; and more. Published February 2021.

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Episode 95: Eating Disorders: An Update for Primary Care Pediatricians

Kerri Heckert, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S, clinical dietitian, and Eleanor Benner, PsyD, psychologist, of the Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), discuss the most recent (and more inclusive) diagnostic criteria for anorexia and bulimia; the relatively new diagnosis ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder); the role of growth charts in diagnosis; red flags to look for in a primary care setting; strategies for promoting positive body image; indications for inpatient admission; CHOP’s inpatient protocol for eating disorders; resources for parents; family-based treatment; how to make a referral, and more. Published January 2021.

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Episode 94: Celiac Disease: What Pediatricians Need to Know

Arunjot Singh, MD, MPH, attending physician and Co-Director of the Center for Celiac Disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), talks about when and how to start celiac screenings, genetic links to other autoimmune diseases, common presentations of celiac disease in a primary care setting, understanding IgG levels, role of different diagnostic tests and biopsy, how pediatricians can monitor celiac patients on an ongoing basis, vaccine considerations, and more. Published January 2021.

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Episode 93: Medical Ethics and COVID-19 Vaccines

In this episode, we explore the ethical considerations around the development and distribution of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines with Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of Research for the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care and Endowed Chair in Medical Ethics at CHOP. He discusses how are advisory groups are deciding who will receive priority immunization given limited supply, logistical distribution challenges, the question of equitable access, ethical considerations of including kids in vaccine trials, the mandate question, counseling parents and more. Published December 2020.

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Episode 92: Challenging Patient Behaviors

In this episode, Katie Lockwood, MD, sits down with a panel of experts to talk about CHOP’s clinical pathway for the management of challenging behaviors in children. Vicky Scheid, MD, Pediatrician, Melanie Hoynoski, Child Life Specialist, and Julie Ginsburg, MSN, CPNP-PC, AE-C, Ambulatory Nursing Practice Specialist, share strategies to support and promote proactive management of behavior safety needs of patients with the goal of improving care experiences for patients, families and staff. Topics include support resources, planning and preparation, de-escalation techniques, biopsychosocial pain management strategies and more. Published December 2020.

Episode 91: Integrative Approaches to Treating Autism

Autism effects as many as 1 in 54 children. In this episode, we focus on alternative treatments. Amanda Bennett, MD, MPH, developmental pediatrician and clinical chair of the Autism Integrated Care Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, talks about why families look to integrative medicine for treatment of autism, and dives into the safety and efficacy of some common integrative approaches, such as gluten-free diets, equine therapy, vitamin supplements, music therapy, social skills training, melatonin, CBD and more. Published November 2020.

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