Reduce anxiety in children, parents for better outcomes

June 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Jun2007, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p73
Academic Journal
Researchers at Yale-New Haven (CT) Children's Hospital compared different levels of preparation for surgery for children and parents to determine what behavioral interventions would reduce anxiety and how reduction of anxiety would affect outcomes. Study results and the experiences of pediatric surgery programs show that family-centered preparation has a positive effect on the overall surgical experience. • Be aware of how long someone is waiting, and explain lengthy waits. • Supply portable DVD players as diversion while waiting. • Separate parents and children on tour to help them prepare for being separated on the surgery day. • Reassure parents that children will not be alone.


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