An interactive multimedia approach to preparing children and their families for hospitalisation.

Marijke Mitchell, Mike Keppell, Linda Johnston

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the rationale, theoretical underpinnings and the process of developing an interactive multimedia preparation program for eight - ten year old children undergoing elective surgery. It is well recognised in the medical literature that hospitalisation is a stressful experience for children and their families. A number of preparation programs (books, hospital tours, education programs) have been designed, implemented and evaluated. Hospital based preparation programs, although successful in addressing the issue, are not well attended in Australia due to the need for the child and family to visit the hospital before hospitalisation. A multimedia preparation program utilised in the home setting before hospitalisation has a number of advantages including the potential to benefit a greater number of children. The other advantages of a multimedia approach include the ability to address the needs of both the child and family before hospitalisation and allow revisiting of information. An added advantage of the approach is the use of a workbook to accompany the child to the hospital setting and reinforce coping strategies learned in the CD-ROM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInteract, Integrate, Impact. 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherASCILITE
    Pages343-352
    Number of pages10
    Volume1
    ISBN (Electronic)0975170201
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - Adelaide, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 07 Dec 200310 Dec 2003

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
    CountryAustralia
    Period07/12/0310/12/03

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    Mitchell, M., Keppell, M., & Johnston, L. (2003). An interactive multimedia approach to preparing children and their families for hospitalisation. In Interact, Integrate, Impact. 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (Vol. 1, pp. 343-352). ASCILITE.