Effect of therapeutic play on pre- and post-operative anxiety and emotional responses in Hong Kong Chinese children: a randomised controlled trial.

Abstract

Surgery, in particular the preparation procedure for anaesthesia, can be very stressful for children and has a profound effect.1,2 Excessive anxiety and stress can affect children’s physical and mental well-being, hinder their ability to cope with surgery, and inhibit their postoperative recovery. Psychological needs of children are seldom taken into… (More)

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