Research and commentary

Using a DVD as day surgery preparation for children and families

Study aims to explore and evaluate the impact of an informative pre-operative DVD following routine day surgery.

Chartrand J, Tourigny J, MacCormick J (2017) The effect of an educational pre-operative DVD on parents’ and children’s outcomes after a same-day surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73,3, 599–611. doi: 10.1111/jan.13161


Parents are encouraged and expected to provide physical, psychological and emotional care to their child following day surgery, usually without any prior knowledge.

Study aim

The study aimed to explore and evaluate the impact of an informative pre-operative DVD on parent’s participation and knowledge and on children’s pain, distress and recovery following routine day surgery.

Design and methods

A randomised controlled trial (single blind and post-test) was undertaken. Parent-child dyads of children requiring elective ear, nose and throat (ENT) or dental surgery between the ages of three and ten years, in a Canadian hospital, were the primary proposed


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