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Minerva Pediatrica 2016 October;68(5):355-9


Informative nursery rhymes: a pilot study of children’s satisfaction

Elisa GUGLIERI 1, Edoardo GUIDA 2, Massimo DI GRAZIA 3, Francesca FRANZA 4, Filippo LISA 4, Girolamo MATTIOLI 1, Waifro RIGAMONTI 2, 3, Viviana POMPEI 1

1 G. Gaslini Children’s Hospital and Scientific Research Institute, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy; 2 Department of Pediatric Surgery and Urology, Health Institute for Mother and Child, Burlo Garofolo Scientific Research Institute, Trieste, Italy; 3 University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy; 4 Translation Service, Savigliano, Cuneo, Italy

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess, by means of a questionnaire, the level of children’s satisfaction relating to three informative charts, including a nursery rhyme, administered to the patient before a medical procedure.
METHODS: We created three types of specific informative charts on three medical topics with the double function of informing the child before the medical procedure, and of distracting him/her by means of a nursery rhyme read aloud by the authors. To assess the level of children’s satisfaction, we administered the patients a questionnaire.
RESULTS: According to children’s feedback, the charts were funny and useful.
CONCLUSIONS: The charts conceived in this study seem to be an easily applicable and entertaining approach to provide information and distraction to children undergoing surgery.

language: English


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