publication . Article . 2016

Effects of Clown Doctors on child and caregiver anxiety at the entrance to the surgery care unit and separation from caregivers

Arriaga, Patrícia; Pacheco, Catarina;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2016 Journal: International Journal of Emotional Education (issn: 2073-7629, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Centre for Resilience & Socio-Emotional Health
Abstract
This study investigated the effects of hospital Clown Doctors intervention on child and caregiver preoperative anxiety at the entrance to the surgery care unit and separation from caregivers. A total of 88 children (aged 4-12 years) were assigned to one of the following two groups: Clown Doctors intervention or control group (standard care). Independent observational records using the modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale instrument assessed children’s anxiety, while the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory measured caregiver’s state anxiety. In addition, caregivers assessed the children’s functional health problems by completing the Functional Status Questionnaire....
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: hospital clowning, pediatric surgery; preoperative anxiety, functional health status, Special aspects of education, LC8-6691, Pediatric surgery, Preoperative anxiety, Caregivers, Children -- Surgery, Preoperative care, Hospitals, Physicians
Related Organizations
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Project
UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
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