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Pilot mental health drop-in service for the siblings of paediatric patients
  1. Gillian Colville
  1. Population Health Research Institute, St George’s, University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gillian Colville, Population Health Research Institute, St George’s, University of London, London, UK; gcolvill{at}

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Commentary on: Bennett SD, Rojas N, Catanzano M, et al. Feasibility, acceptability and preliminary effectiveness of a mental health drop-in centre for the siblings of young people attending a paediatric hospital. J Child Health Care. 2023 Oct 18:13674935231206895. doi: 10.1177/13674935231206895.

Implications for practice and research

  • In this study, a combination of brief intervention, onward referral and signposting was associated with significant improvements in mental health and quality of life in a group of siblings of paediatric patients.

  • Further research providing more accessible support for families by co-locating services in outpatient paediatric settings may reach groups that would not otherwise come forward for help.


The literature on the well-being of siblings of children with serious medical conditions indicates that they are at elevated risk of emotional and …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.