Predictors of preoperative anxiety in children

Wollin, S.R., Plummer, J.L., Owen, H., Hawkins, R.M., and Matarazzo, F. (2003) Predictors of preoperative anxiety in children. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 31 (1). pp. 69-74.

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify factors contributing to anxiety at induction of anaesthesia in children. One hundred and twenty children aged five to twelve years and scheduled for surgery requiring general anaesthesia were included. Children were interviewed and assessed prior to surgery. Parents completed anxiety measures prior to surgery and were interviewed after the induction of anaesthesia. The level of children's anxiety was determined at the time of induction of anaesthesia by the modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale. Factors associated with increased levels of anxiety in the children included increased number of people in the room at induction of anaesthesia; longer waiting time between admission at the hospital and induction of anaesthesia; negative memories of previous hospital experiences; and having a mother who does not practise a religion. Suggestions for implementation of the findings and for future research are provided.

Item ID: 14970
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: anxiety, anaesthesia, children
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Reproduced with permission from Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

ISSN: 0310-057X
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 06:21
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110301 Anaesthesiology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 70%
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