We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because wishes are an important part of a child’s treatment journey. Wishes provide kids hope when they need it most, and research shows they have effects on children’s overall well-being and health outcomes. In fact, wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.
This incredible medical team at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital supports our courageous wish kids every day. In this candid panel interview the team talks about the medical impact of a wish: "We take it very seriously as really a very important part of treatment and therapy."
We’ve known anecdotally about the transformational power of a wish, and now a first-of-its-kind study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) is opening the door to possibilities of medical and financial benefits.
A team of researchers, led by Anup Patel, MD, director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at NCH, examined quality of life and health care utilization among patients who received a wish and a control group who did not. The study found patients who were granted a wish were more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital and emergency department visits.
Watch the video below to hear Dr. Patel talk about the true power of a wish and learn more about the study here.
Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Oregon has granted unparalleled wishes to more than 4,000 children in our communities.
For more information, view Make-A-Wish Oregon's most recent fact sheet.
* "Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. - Aug. 2011" (consolidated results), November 2, 2011.
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