Preoperative information needs of children undergoing tonsillectomy.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207770
Title:
Preoperative information needs of children undergoing tonsillectomy.
Authors:
Buckley, Aoife; Savage, Eileen
Affiliation:
General Operating Theatres, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork,, Ireland. buckley_aoife@hotmail.com
Citation:
J Clin Nurs. 2010 Oct;19(19-20):2879-87. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03273.x.
Journal:
Journal of clinical nursing
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207770
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03273.x
PubMed ID:
20846232
Abstract:
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To identify the information needs of children undergoing tonsillectomy with reference to content of information, method of delivery, information providers and timing of information provision. BACKGROUND: Tonsillectomy can be anxiety provoking for children and preoperative preparation programmes are long recognised to reduce anxiety. However, few have been designed from the perspectives of children and to date little is known about how best to prepare children in terms of what to tell them, how to convey information to them, who can best provide information and what is the best timing for information provision. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive study. METHOD: Data were collected from nine children (aged 6-9) using interviews supported by a write and draw technique. Data were coded and categorised into themes reflecting content, method, providers and timing of information. RESULTS: Children openly communicated their information needs especially on what to tell them to expect when facing a tonsillectomy. Their principal concerns were about operation procedures, experiencing 'soreness' and discomfort postoperatively and parental presence. Mothers were viewed as best situated to provide them with information. Children were uncertain about what method of information and timing would be most helpful to them. CONCLUSION: Preoperative educational interventions need to take account of children's information needs so that they are prepared for surgery in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them. Future research is needed in this area. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Practical steps towards informing children about having a tonsillectomy include asking them what they need to know and addressing their queries accordingly. Child-centred information leaflets using a question and answer format could also be helpful to children.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Child; *Health Services Needs and Demand; Humans; *Patient Education as Topic; Preoperative Period; *Tonsillectomy/psychology
ISSN:
1365-2702 (Electronic); 0962-1067 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Aoifeen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSavage, Eileenen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:42:51Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:42:51Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:42:51Z-
dc.identifier.citationJ Clin Nurs. 2010 Oct;19(19-20):2879-87. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03273.x.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1365-2702 (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0962-1067 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid20846232en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03273.xen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207770-
dc.description.abstractAIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To identify the information needs of children undergoing tonsillectomy with reference to content of information, method of delivery, information providers and timing of information provision. BACKGROUND: Tonsillectomy can be anxiety provoking for children and preoperative preparation programmes are long recognised to reduce anxiety. However, few have been designed from the perspectives of children and to date little is known about how best to prepare children in terms of what to tell them, how to convey information to them, who can best provide information and what is the best timing for information provision. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive study. METHOD: Data were collected from nine children (aged 6-9) using interviews supported by a write and draw technique. Data were coded and categorised into themes reflecting content, method, providers and timing of information. RESULTS: Children openly communicated their information needs especially on what to tell them to expect when facing a tonsillectomy. Their principal concerns were about operation procedures, experiencing 'soreness' and discomfort postoperatively and parental presence. Mothers were viewed as best situated to provide them with information. Children were uncertain about what method of information and timing would be most helpful to them. CONCLUSION: Preoperative educational interventions need to take account of children's information needs so that they are prepared for surgery in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them. Future research is needed in this area. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Practical steps towards informing children about having a tonsillectomy include asking them what they need to know and addressing their queries accordingly. Child-centred information leaflets using a question and answer format could also be helpful to children.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshChilden_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Health Services Needs and Demanden_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Patient Education as Topicen_GB
dc.subject.meshPreoperative Perioden_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Tonsillectomy/psychologyen_GB
dc.titlePreoperative information needs of children undergoing tonsillectomy.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentGeneral Operating Theatres, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork,, Ireland. buckley_aoife@hotmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of clinical nursingen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-
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