Psychological aspects of preparation for painful procedures

Rachael Powell, Marie Johnston

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This chapter considers the assessment of anxiety and pain, what psychological preparation can achieve, how preparation can be carried out and aspects of psychological preparation that are specific to children. Many aspects of preparation focus on the patient’s biomedical status, but psychological aspects of preparation are also important. Accurate assessment of anxiety and pain has three purposes: to decide whether or not exceptional preparation is needed; to determine when psychological preparation is needed; and to assess whether or not preparation has been effective. Presurgical psychological preparation has benefits on a range of health outcomes. Psychological preparation can facilitate patient coping both before, during, and after painful procedures. Many painful procedures are performed on children who, because of their developmental stage, may not understand what is happening to them in the same way that adults would. The health professionals underestimated pain more, and individuals with family experience underestimated less, than the control observers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Pain Management
Subtitle of host publicationPractice and Procedures
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781444109825
ISBN (Print)9780340940068
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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© 2008 Hodder and Stoughton Limited.


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