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PREBIANCHI, Helena Bazanelli  and  FERRACINI, Ariane. Child and adolescent surgical psychoprophylaxis: physicians’ view. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.2, pp. 476-491. ISSN 1677-1168.

This study aims to learn the view surgeons, working for a school-hospital in the hinterland of São Paulo State, Brazil, have about the surgical psychoprophylaxis of child and adolescent patients. Six pediatric surgeons answered semi-structured Interviews. The interviews followed a flexible topic script and the resulting data were analyzed according to Bardin's method of content analysis (2004). The results indicated that the participants consider to be required the psychological preparation of pediatric patients' parents' in order to reduce their anxiety; make them more cooperative towards the health team and manage not to influence the children’s behaviors in a negative way. However, they do not adopt surgical psychoprophylaxis as a routine practice, applying it only in cases where they consider that the child’s or the parents’ behavior affect the recovery and/or team procedures. As a conclusion, it is necessary to increase the physicians’ understanding about how surgical psychoprophylaxis practices can meet the needs of the population and the professionals involved.

Keywords : Psychoprophylaxis; Surgery; Child.

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