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Qualitative study—other
Implementing preparatory strategies can help children participate in care
  1. Duncan Randall
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Duncan Randall, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Nightingale Building, Highfield campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK; d.c.randall{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • 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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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.