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Nurses should assess the different ways in which children process information as they move through the preadmission and perioperative care process.
When hearing the voices of children, nurses should understand the context of those voices, not just as children's voices in society, but as the voices of children living with illness.
Further studies are needed to compare and contrast the experience of children undergoing surgery in children's hospitals with those receiving care in children's units in adult-oriented hospitals.
Approximately 150 000 children in Sweden undergo a surgical procedure requiring anaesthesia each year. The views of children undergoing surgical care are different from those of their parents or …
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