Friday, 7 October 2016

Improving outcomes of surgery on children for children and parents

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Having a child go through surgery can be difficult for parents, as well as the child. If the problems of lack of knowledge about what the child is going through and the stress associated with that and problems such as post-operative pain for the child are not alleviated, the outcomes from surgery can be made worse. This study from Canada by Chartrand et al. (2016) and published in JAN titled: 'The effect of an educational pre-operative DVD on parents’ and children’s outcomes after a same-day surgery: a randomized controlled trial' aimed to: 'examine the effect of a pre-operative DVD on parents’ knowledge, participation and anxiety and on children’s distress, pain, analgesic requirements and length of recovery after same-day surgery.'

Several outcomes were measured in this study including post-operative pain in the children who, along with their parents, watched the DVD and those who did not.  Outcomes for the parents in the DVD group were positive, including knowledge and pain in the children in this group was reduced. The authors concluded that the DVD intervention was useful in helping parents to help their children in the immediate post-operative period but that the effect may not, necessarily, be sustained.

This article is available open access and you can listen to this as a podcast

Reference

CHARTRAND J., TOURIGNY J. & MACCORMICK J. (2016) The effect of an educational pre-operative DVD on parents’ and children’s outcomes after a same-day surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.1111/jan.13161

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