The Effects of Preoperative Education on Parental Anxiety and Knowledge with Children Undergoing a Posterior Spinal Fusion

The Effects of Preoperative Education on Parental Anxiety and Knowledge with Children Undergoing a Posterior Spinal Fusion
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Anxiety is high in parents with children undergoing a posterior spinal fusion. The research found demonstrates that it is important to have the proper educational materials, and to address the emotional and psychological aspect of a parent whose child is having surgery. It is important for the parents to increase their knowledge of their child’s upcoming surgery, which will result in decreased anxiety. The purpose of this proposed project is to investigate the effects of preoperative education on parents’ anxiety and knowledge with children undergoing a posterior spinal fusion. The outcomes for this research will demonstrate how preoperative education effects parents’ anxiety and knowledge about spinal fusions. There is limited research on pediatric posterior spinal fusions and preoperative education for parents. Most research found discussed education for adult patients undergoing fusions and other invasive medical procedures. The results of this proposed project will be utilized to modify and improve current preoperative education for this group of patients and their families going through elective spinal surgery; with the goal of alleviating parental anxiety and increasing their knowledge. The ability to examine the education provided by nurses and healthcare professionals is invaluable so that quality, safe patient care is not compromised. Preoperative education is the knowledge that reduces anxiety experienced by our patients and their families, and success of that education is found in the researching, testing, and refining of that education for overall better outcomes.

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