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Paulina Pérez-Duarte Mendiola

Year of study: 2nd year PhD student
Supervisor: Prof Paul Ramchandani
Funding: CONACyT/Cambridge Trust

Overview of Research
Children use play as a coping mechanism and a way to learn of their illness and hospital experiences. Hospital Play Specialists work with hospitalised children to create time and space for ‘play’ opportunities to emerge. Paulina’s doctoral research will use ethnographic research methods, interviews, and video diaries to investigate how children interact with Hospital Play Specialists and what children say about these playful interactions.

Key Interests
Child-Friendly Paediatrics, Medical Anthropology, Play & Health, Children’s Perspectives, Medical Education & Training.