Effects of preoperative therapeutic play on outcomes of school-age children undergoing day surgery

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Li, Ho Cheung William, Lopez, Violeta and Lee, T. L. I. 2007. Effects of preoperative therapeutic play on outcomes of school-age children undergoing day surgery. Research in Nursing and Health. 30 (3), pp. 320 - 322. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.20191
AuthorsLi, Ho Cheung William, Lopez, Violeta and Lee, T. L. I.
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of therapeutic play on outcomes of children undergoing day surgery. Two hundred and three children admitted for day surgery were invited to participate in a randomized controlled trial. The experimental group received therapeutic play; the control group received routine information preparation. Children in the experimental group reported significantly lower state anxiety scores in pre- and postoperative periods and exhibited fewer negative emotions at induction of anesthesia than children in the control group. No significant differences were found between the two groups in postoperative pain. The study provides some evidence that therapeutic play is effective in pre- as opposed to postsurgical management of children.

Keywordsanxiety; children; emotions; surgery; therapeutic play
Year2007
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Journal citation30 (3), pp. 320 - 322
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc.
ISSN0160-6891
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.20191
Scopus EID2-s2.0-34250837422
Page range320 - 322
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Place of publicationUnited States
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