Smartphone-based behavioural intervention alleviates children’s anxiety during anaesthesia induction

Cumino, D. et al. European Journal of Anaesthesiology. Published online: 18 January 2017

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Background: Preoperative anxiety negatively influences children’s anaesthetic and surgical experience, and results in postoperative complications, such as emergence delirium and behavioural changes. Nonpharmacological management using alternative therapies that alleviate psychological stress can be as important as pharmacological ones in reducing children’s anxiety. Nevertheless, their validity as an effective anxiety-reducing strategy in children remains controversial.

Conclusions: The behavioural distraction strategies using smartphones were effective in preventing an increase in children’s anxiety during anaesthesia induction.

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