Parental anxiety before elective surgery in children - A British perspective

Shirley, P.J. and Thompson, N. and Kenward, Michael G. and Johnston, G. (1998) Parental anxiety before elective surgery in children - A British perspective. Anaesthesia, 53 (10). pp. 956-959. ISSN 0003-2409. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This study measures the anxiety levels in 100 parents of children scheduled for elective surgery at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital. Anxiety levels were quantified using the Leeds scale for self-assessment of anxiety. Forty-two per cent of parents were significantly anxious. Mothers were identified as being more pathologically anxious than fathers. The 'anxious' parents were specifically more anxious about the surgery anaesthesia, postoperative pain and treatment, and hospitalisation in general. All parents, whether identified as anxious or not, agreed on factors likely to reduce anxiety: pre-operative information from staff, being able to accompany their child to the operating theatre and being present at induction of anaesthesia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: complications, anxiety, parental; anaesthesia, paediatric
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Mathematics Statistics and Actuarial Science
Depositing User: Tara Puri
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2009 10:01
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 09:17
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