The Effect of Directed Medical Play on Young Children's Pain and Distress During Burn Wound Care.

  title={The Effect of Directed Medical Play on Young Children's Pain and Distress During Burn Wound Care.},
  author={Elizabeth R. Moore and Katherine L Bennett and Mary S. Dietrich and Nancy Wells},
  journal={Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners},
  volume={29 3},
Directed medical play is used to reduce children's pain and distress during medical treatment. In this pilot study, young children who attended the burn clinic received either directed medical play provided by a child life specialist or standard preparation from the burn clinic nurse to prepare for their first dressing change. Data were collected using validated instruments. Children who participated in medical play experienced less distress during their dressing change (M = 0.5, n = 12) than… CONTINUE READING
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