Hong Kong Med J 2014;20(Suppl 7):S36-9
Effect of therapeutic play on pre- and post-operative anxiety and emotional responses in Hong Kong Chinese children: a randomised controlled trial
WHC Li, SSC Chan, EML Wong, MC Kwok, ITL Lee
School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong
1. Play is a very important part of children’s lives even when they are ill. Awareness of the importance of play in nurses, parents, and health care professionals should be promoted.
2. There is empirical evidence of the effectiveness of therapeutic play intervention in preparing children for surgery.
3. The transferability, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness of therapeutic play intervention in Hong Kong clinical settings are supported.