Anxiety in children having elective surgery

Wollin, Sarah R., Plummer, John L., Owen, Harry, Hawkins, Russell M.F., Materazzo, Felicity, and Morrison, Virginia (2004) Anxiety in children having elective surgery. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 19 (2). pp. 128-132.

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One hundred and twenty children aged 5–12 years and their parents were interviewed preoperatively about anxiety and fear. Needles, postoperative pain, the unknown, and many unrecognizable people in the induction room were all reported as increasing anxiety for children. Effective modes of reducing children’s anxiety were considered to be the prospect of eating after surgery, staff speaking directly to children in a friendly way, and having a television to watch. Parents’ suggestions for reducing children’s anxiety included giving better explanations, ensuring that children who have had their operations do not return to the same ward where other children are still waiting, and providing more distractions.

Item ID: 14968
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-8449
Keywords: surgery, anxiety, children, anesthesia
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 06:05
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110323 Surgery @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 80%
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