Children's tonsillectomy experiences: Influencing factors

Margie Crandall, Cathleen R Lammers, Craig W Senders, Jerome V. Braun

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The aim of this study was to explore factors influencing children's (7-13 years) tonsillectomy experiences and outcomes. A prospective, repeated measures, design was used to investigate the effect of age, gender, ethnicity, time, and previous pain, hospitalization and surgery on children's (N = 60) perceptions of anxiety, pain intensity, quality of pain and sleep, and oral intake. The relationship between postoperative pain and anxiety was also examined. Using a diary, three days of data were collected. Descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficient, and a mixed linear regression model were used for analysis. Children's tonsillectomy experiences and outcomes were affected by time, previous experience, age, and anxiety. Moderate correlations were found between level of anxiety and pain intensity. These findings provide clinicians with additional knowledge to guide their perioperative practice and care of children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-321
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Acute care
  • Child health
  • Post-operative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Medicine(all)


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