Clown intervention to reduce preoperative anxiety in children and parents: a randomized controlled trial.

@article{Dionigi2014ClownIT,
  title={Clown intervention to reduce preoperative anxiety in children and parents: a randomized controlled trial.},
  author={Alberto Dionigi and Diego Sangiorgi and Roberto Flangini},
  journal={Journal of health psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={369-80}
}
This study investigated whether a clown doctor intervention could reduce preoperative anxiety in children hospitalized for minor surgery and in their parents. A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 77 children and 119 parents: the clown group consisted of 52 children accompanied in the preoperating room by their parents (n = 89) and two clowns while the comparison group consisted of children accompanied by the parents only. The clown intervention significantly reduced the children's… CONTINUE READING
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