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How can we decrease preoperative anxiety in parents of children undergoing surgery?
  1. Anais Delgove,
  2. Luke Harper,
  3. Pauline Savidan,
  4. Audrey Paygambar,
  5. Eric Dobremez,
  6. Yan Lefevre
  1. Department of Paediatric Surgery, Hopital Pellegrin-Enfants, CHU Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Luke Harper, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Hopital Pellegrin-Enfants, CHU Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France; harper_luke{at}

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Preoperative information is of paramount importance because informed consent is a fundamental duty and responsibility of the surgeon. Unanswered questions or misunderstood information generates anxiety in parents, and the more parents are anxious on the day of the operation the more the experience is traumatic for their child.1–5 We decided to evaluate how various aspects of preoperative information were perceived by parents and what reassured them.

We gave out 101 questionnaires containing the Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS),6 as well as various other questions pertaining to preoperative information, to the parents of children admitted for various surgical procedures. The questionnaires were given at the time of surgery by a trainee …

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  • Contributors AD, LH and YL contributed to the conception or design of the work. PS and AP contributed to the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data for the work. All authors contributed to drafting the work and revising it critically, and approved the final version and agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.