Lege Artis Medicinae

[Fear of medical care: epidemiology and prevention among 5-6 years old children]

PÓCS Dávid, SIKLÓSI Réka, NYÁRI Tibor, BARABÁS Katalin

JANUARY 20, 2013

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2013;23(01)

[INTRODUCTION - At least 5-10% of the adult population is afraid of medical care. These fears may begin in preschool years. Therefore, the aim of our study was to assess the rates of medical fears among 5-6 year old children, and to prove that medical fears can be reduced by a health promotion program for children called “Teddy Bear Hospital” POPULATION AND METHODS - 248 children participated in the study (average age: 5.5 years, 45% girl, 55% boy). The “Teddy group” (129 children) took part in the Teddy Bear hospital program (Teddy group). The control group (119 children) did not take part in this program (control group). Questionnaires, including a Visual Analog Scale, a picture test, and drawing analyses were completed on two separate occasions three weeks apart difference. RESULTS - Fear of needles was the most frequent fear (59%) among the participating children, followed by the fear of medical environment (33%), the fear because of the lack of information (27%), the fear of doctors (20%), and the fear of pain (15%). On the basis of the picture test the fear of doctors significantly decreased in the Teddy group (from 18% to 7%) compared with the control group (from 10% to 11%, p<0.05). Drawing analyses also showed that children in the Teddy group had significantly lower levels of medical anxiety (29% and from 19.3 point to 17.6 point) than the control group (19% p<0.05 and from 18.8 point to 18,33 point p<0.05). On the drawings of the Teddy group we found significantly more new medical information (38%) compared with the control group (21%, p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS - Medical fears are frequently present among 5-6 year old children, therefore, their prevention is greatly needed. A potential way of the prevention is the “Teddy Bear Hospital” program, which efficiently reduces children's medical fears and anxiety.]

COMMENTS

0 comments

Further articles in this publication

Lege Artis Medicinae

[The Private Physician and State Advisor of Tzar Alexander I János Orlay, a Polymath Physician ]

MOLNÁR László

Lege Artis Medicinae

[Saving Psychiatry ]

BÁNFALVI Attila

Lege Artis Medicinae

[Tutankhamun’s Mysterious Death]

BECHER Péter, MÁJER Katalin, PATAI Árpád

Lege Artis Medicinae

[The Princess of Pain – Jacquelin du Pré ]

KÖVES Péter

Lege Artis Medicinae

[Weyer and the Crazy Witches ]

MAGYAR László András

All articles in the issue

Related contents

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Non-pharmacological prevention and treatment for postoperative delirium in elderly patients with hip fracture - a systematic review]

VIDA Nóra, PAPP László

[Delirium is defined as a disturbance of consciousness and cognition that develops over a short period of time and fluctuates over time. During the last decade, the number of publications dealing with different aspects of delirium have been grown. The key points in most articles are pharmacological prevention and treatment, but because the rise of health care expenditures, all activities, which cost-effectively support the care process, is getting more and more important. The aim of the study: The aim of this research is to review the non-pharmacological prevention and treatment possibilities of delirium in elderly patients undergoing hip surgery. Systematic review, using articles published between 1999 and 2019 in PubMed and Wiley Online Libraries. Non-pharmacologic treatments significantly reduced the incidence (p=0.003–0.045) and duration (p=0.009–0.03) of delirium. The interventions also contributed to decrease the number of episodes (p=0.03), and to make the symptoms lighter. Early mobilisation and adequate fluid and electrolyte intake are key factors in reducing the incidence of delirium. Measuring oxygen saturation and support, appropriate nutrition, effective pain treatment, minimizing drug-interactions, maintaining good sleep and managing sensory dysfunctions have an effect on incidence, duration and severity of delirium.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

[Insulin: alfa and omega]

KIS János Tibor, BALOGH Bernadett, KISS Zsófia, SCHANDL László

[Type 1 diabetes (T1DM) is caused by the autoimmune death of insulin-producing β-cells. In the background there is by all probability the primary antigen (if the theory of primary antigen is correct) the insulin itself or the proinsulin. However, treatment of T1DM is virtually equivalent to the insulin treatment. The earlier we recognize T1DM and start treatment, the better gly­caemic results we achieve, the more likely we can maintain all functional β-cell stocks. Insulin also plays a key role in the immunopathogenesis, development and treatment of T1DM, thus insulin is the alpha and omega in this condition.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

[Paradigm shift in the treatment of osteoarthrosis and the importance of prevention today]

DÖMSE Eszter

[Osteoarthrosis is a major burden on our society, both in terms of health affairs and health economy. The increasing strain on joints by competitive sports and the grow­ing prevalence of sedentary lifestyle are coupled main factors behind the increas­ing occurence of osteoarthritis in younger generations. Its pathomechanism is re­cently recognised to be a combination of inflammatory and degenerative processes. Concerning the serious and even quality of life worsening outcomes and its growing and spreading prevalence, the role of prevention has become crucial. This study reviews the preventive options, emphasiz­ing the importance of recreational sport and physical activities, while presenting also the new generation of chondroprotective agents. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

[Ways of treatment in traditional, complementary and integrative medicine of COVID-19]

SZÔKE Henrik, DARÓCZI Zoltán, VERZÁR Zsófia

[This study presents the results and expert opinions about the most important, amply evidence based, most widespread and af­fordable therapeutic procedures and supp­lementary preparations, which may support or and possibly replace conventional treatments. Traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine offers a number of options to enhance physical, psychic and mental resilience that may also be useful in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 patients. It will be worthwhile to analyse the evidences of clinical experiences on potential benefits. This brief summary might serve as a useful starting point for further research on this topic.]

Hypertension and nephrology

[Changes in systolic blood pressure in the Hungárián aduit population between 2010 and 2018 based on public health screening data]

KÉKES Ede, BARNA István, DAIKI Tenno, DANKOVICS Gergely

[Using our mobile public health screening system, we examined the changes in systolic blood pressure averages and systolic pressure distribution between 2010 and 2018 by analyzing the data of 72,857 women (mean age 42.3±13.9 years) and 61,563 mén (mean age 42.2±13.9 years) in three consecutive time periods. The SBP averages have been gradually and significantly decreased since 2010 in all age groups. The parametric and non-parametric characteristics of the systolic distribution curves alsó showed a favorable change during the indicated period. The observed changes may indicate that the primary and secondary prevention, as well as the treatment of hypertension and the physician-patient cooperation in Hungarywere successful in the indicated period.]