A Child Life Perspective: The Role of Technology in Preoperative Preparation and Distraction
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Reduction of stress and anxiety for hospitalized children has been studied for years. Certified child life specialists take on the role of providing interventions to support and facilitate coping for hospitalized children. Preoperative preparation and distraction interventions are two evidence-based practices used for reducing stress and anxiety of hospitalized children. Certified child life specialists are tasked with implementing new technology platforms developed with the goal of helping hospitalized children face stressful and anxiety provoking procedures and medical experiences. The purpose of this study was to investigate and describe the use and anticipated use of new technology platforms in pediatric preoperative preparation programs and distraction techniques (i.e., non-pharmacological interventions) from the perspective of the¬ certified child life specialist. Certified child life specialists completed an electronic questionnaire and data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. Analysis revealed that new technology platforms were already being using by certified child life specialists for preoperative preparation and distraction interventions. While there was an overall positive outlook, satisfaction, and efficacy associated with the use of new technology platforms for preoperative preparation and distraction, several realistic hesitations and areas for growth were associated with their use.
CERTIFIED CHILD LIFE SPECIALISTCHILD LIFEDISTRACTION INTERVENTIONSNON-PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONPEDIATRIC ANXIETYPREOPERATIVE PREPARATION
Child & Family Studies
Opiola, KristieMcCorkle, Laura
Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2018.
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