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Individualised education reduces anxiety levels in children over 4 years undergoing elective surgery
  1. Kristi D Wright
  1. Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Kristi D Wright, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 0A2; kristi.wright{at}uregina.ca

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Implications for practice and research

  • The content and delivery of preoperative preparation programmes for children should be based on empirically validated evidence.

  • E-health technology may represent a unique and appealing option for delivery of preoperative preparation programmes as part of a stepped-care approach to surgical preparation.

  • Further research exploring the factors that may contribute to preoperative anxiety should be undertaken and used to support the development of e-health interventions.

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Preoperative anxiety is a common occurrence in children undergoing surgery and is associated with a range of negative experiences and behaviours prior to and following surgery.1 As such, …

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