Parental anxiety and stress before pediatric anesthesia: a pilot study on the effectiveness of preoperative clown intervention.

@article{Agostini2014ParentalAA,
  title={Parental anxiety and stress before pediatric anesthesia: a pilot study on the effectiveness of preoperative clown intervention.},
  author={Francesca Agostini and Fiorella Monti and Erica Neri and Sara Dellabartola and Leonardo De Pascalis and Laura Bozicevic},
  journal={Journal of health psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={587-601}
}
As induction of pediatric anesthesia can elicit anxiety in children and parents alike, this study was aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of clown intervention in decreasing maternal anxiety and stress in the preoperative phase. Before anesthesia induction, 25 children were randomly assigned to clown intervention and 25 to a control group with a routine procedure. In the waiting room and after separation from the child, maternal anxiety and stress were measured. The results showed that after… CONTINUE READING
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