Berith Wennström

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AIM This paper is a report of a study to explore what it means for children to attend hospital for day surgery. BACKGROUND Hospitalization is a major stressor for children. Fear of separation, unfamiliar routines, anaesthetic/operation expectations/experiences and pain and needles are sources of children's negative reactions. METHOD A grounded theory(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate how small boys between 3 and 6 years of age describe bodily and verbal expressions of postoperative symptoms. The data collection was carried out at a large general hospital in Sweden and included both participant observations and semistructured interviews. The results provided a description of how 3- to 6-year-old(More)
BACKGROUND Nausea, vomiting and pain are common complications after strabismus surgery in children. Diclofenac, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug, is widely used to treat acute and chronic pain but there are few reports of its use given rectally in children undergoing strabismus surgery. This open randomised study was designed to investigate the(More)
BACKGROUND Perioperative procedures in children can impair their emotional status negatively with stress and/or anxiety. Cortisol concentrations and drawings could be helpful in gaining information about a child's levels of stress and/or anxiety when attending the hospital for surgery. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of(More)
AIM To evaluate the efficacy of 'the perioperative dialogue (PD)' by analyzing salivary cortisol, in 5- to 11-year-old children undergoing day surgery. BACKGROUND   To deal with anxiety prior to investigations and/or procedures, children need to be confident and informed about what is going to happen. Therefore, intervention strategies should be initiated(More)
Patients with low rectal cancer are often operated with an abdominoperineal excision (APE) rendering them a permanent stoma. The surgical procedure itself, the cancer diagnosis, and the permanent stoma might all affect quality of life. The aim of this study was to explore wellbeing and body image 3 years after APE in a population-based cohort of patients.(More)
AIMS The main purpose of this study was to analyse, prospectively, patient symptoms during the first four weeks following elective colon surgery. A secondary aim was to find areas to improve inpatient information and postoperative care. BACKGROUND Fast-track recovery following colon surgery has been proven beneficial to patients in the early postoperative(More)
Poor perineal wound healing and infections after proctectomy surgery cause a significant proportion of physical and psychological morbidities, such as pain, leakage, and abscesses. In the long run, some of these symptoms will lead to extended periods of hospitalization. These kinds of postoperative complications are also associated with delays in possible(More)
AIM This paper is a report of psychometric testing of the Swedish version of the Child Drawing: Hospital Manual. BACKGROUND Drawings have shown to be useful in assessing emotional status and anxiety in children because they generally speak to us more clearly and openly through their drawings than they are willing or able to verbally. METHOD The Child(More)
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