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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn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

Brief Summary:

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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anxiety Other: Preoperative Magic Tricks Phase 1

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Effects of Pre-operative Magic Tricks Performance on Pre-operative Anxiety in Children

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anesthesia Anxiety

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Children will watch tricks ("magic") before anesthesia induction
Other: Preoperative Magic Tricks
Watching "magic"; Study patients will watch the anesthesiologist performing tricks ("magic") before anesthesia induction.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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. ]
  2. postoperative maladaptive behavior rate

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. preoperative anxiety scores and rate of postoperative maladaptive behavior

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

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.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00535457

Sheba Medical Center
Tel Hashomer, Israel, 52621
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Ze'ev Shenkman, MD Sheba Medical Center

Responsible Party: Ze'ev Shenkman, MD, Sheba Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia C Identifier: NCT00535457     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-07-4786-ZS-CTIL
First Posted: September 26, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 8, 2012
Last Verified: June 2012

Keywords provided by Sheba Medical Center:
maladaptive behavior
Anxiety before anesthesia and maladaptive behavior after anesthesia.

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs