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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.
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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