The Effects of Pre-operative Magic Tricks Performance on Pre-operative Anxiety in Children

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn
First Posted : September 26, 2007
Last Update Posted : June 8, 2012
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Sheba Medical Center

September 23, 2007
September 26, 2007
June 8, 2012
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  • anxiety scores [ Time Frame: Technical problems with video-taping of the patients still avoid us from recruiting patients. Therefore, the time frame of the study is still unclear tome. ]
  • postoperative maladaptive behavior rate
  • anxiety scores
  • postoperative maladaptive behavior rate
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preoperative anxiety scores and rate of postoperative maladaptive behavior
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The Effects of Pre-operative Magic Tricks Performance on Pre-operative Anxiety in Children
The Effects of Pre-operative Magic Tricks Performance on Pre-operative Anxiety in Children

It is not uncommon for children to undergo surgery. Surgery is a threatening event that is composed of various stress-provoking stimuli. Pre-operative anxiety is a common emotional response among operated children and their parents. In the current study we are going to examine if tricks done by the anesthesiologist before anesthetic induction are equally as effective as oral midazolam premedication in the reduction of pre-operative anxiety in children before and after surgery. A successful anxiety reduction may be advantageous over pharmacological premedication by cost reduction, a possibly shorter post anesthesia care stay and by reducing postoperative maladaptive behavior rate.

Study hypothesis: 1. similar anxiety scores will be observed in children that will watch their anesthesiologist performing tricks and in those who will receive oral midazolam premedication but no tricks.

2. Similar rates of postoperative maladaptive behavior will be found in children that that will see tricks and in those that will receive midazolam premedication.

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Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Other: Preoperative Magic Tricks
Watching "magic"; Study patients will watch the anesthesiologist performing tricks ("magic") before anesthesia induction.
Experimental: 1
Children will watch tricks ("magic") before anesthesia induction
Intervention: Other: Preoperative Magic Tricks
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 3-12 years
  • minor surgeries / diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy, biopsy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • children that do not speak Hebrew
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) status above II
  • a need for regional anesthesia only
  • a need for an intravenous (IV) cannulation at the induction room or operating room before the induction of anesthesia.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
3 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
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Ze'ev Shenkman, MD, Sheba Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia C
Sheba Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Ze'ev Shenkman, MD Sheba Medical Center
Sheba Medical Center
June 2012

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