Vol. 2 No. 1 (2019)
Review Article

Play as a Source of Psychological Well-Being for Hospitalized Children: Study Review

Ullan AM
Department of Social Psychology, University of Salamanca, Spain
Belver MH
Department of Art Education, Complutense University, Spain

Published 2019-05-02


This work contains a narrative review of the effects of different types of play in the well-being of hospitalized children. For this purpose, the literature highlighting the evidence that supports the use of different types of play to improve children's hospitalization experience was analyzed. These types of play are medical games, playing with dolls, puppets, or marionettes, playing with pets, and digital or video-games. All of them can improve children's experience of hospitalization. Despite everything, children can play a lot of things in the hospital, and recreational resources make important contributions to hospitalized children's well-being. Play is children's right, also in the hospital, and is a particularly important resource to improve the care that pediatric patients receive in health institutions.