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Using an educational multimedia application to prepare children for outpatient surgeries
Center for Research and Social Intervention (CIS-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal .
Center for Research and Social Intervention (CIS-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal .
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology. Center for Research and Social Intervention (CIS-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5403-0091
2015 (English)In: Health Communication, ISSN 1041-0236, E-ISSN 1532-7027, Vol. 30, no 12, 1190-1200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Surgery is a highly stressful event for children and caregivers. Extensive effort has been made to improve preoperative care in order to alleviate worry about the surgical procedure itself. This study tested the impact of an educational multimedia intervention on the cognitive, emotional, and physiological responses of children undergoing surgery, as well as on parental state anxiety. Children (n = 90) were assigned to three different groups: an educational multimedia intervention (experimental group), an entertainment video game intervention (comparison group), and a control group (no intervention). Children who received the educational multimedia intervention reported lower level of worries about hospitalization, medical procedures, illness, and negative consequences than those in the control and in the comparison groups. Parental state anxiety was also lower in the both the educational and the entertainment video game interventions compared to the control group. These findings suggest that providing information to children regarding medical procedures and hospital rules and routines is important to reduce their preoperative worries, and also relevant for parental anxiety.

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2015. Vol. 30, no 12, 1190-1200 p.
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23728DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2014.896446ISI: 000361206200008PubMedID: 25144403Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84941793378OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-23728DiVA: diva2:771440
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Publ. online Aug 2014

Available from: 2014-12-13 Created: 2014-12-13 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved

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