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Adolescent test or procedure preparation
Alternative namesTest/procedure preparation - adolescent; Preparing adolescent for test/procedure
DefinitionProper preparations for a test or procedure can reduce an adolescent's anxiety , encourage cooperation, and help develop coping skills.
There are a number of ways to help an adolescent prepare for a difficult medical test or procedure.
First, provide detailed information and explain reasons for the procedure. You can use videos in which other adolescents do the teaching to demonstrate the procedure
Depending on his or her age and independence, your child may or may not wish you to be present during the procedure, and his or her wishes should be respected. During adolescence privacy is important and should be protected.
Explain the procedure in correct medical terminology, and provide the reason for
To the best of your ability, describe how the test will feel. Allow your child to practice different positions or movements that will be required for the particular test or procedure, such as the fetal position for a lumbar puncture .
Be honest about discomfort that may be felt, but don't dwell on the topic. It may help to stress the benefits of the procedure and anything that the child may find pleasurable afterwards, such as feeling better, knowing what may or may not be needed next, or going home. Rewards afterwards may be helpful, if the child is up to them (shopping trips or movies).
To the best of your ability, describe the operation of equipment that will be
Suggest ways for to help the child maintain control:
Allow your child to participate in simple tasks. Encourage participation during
Discuss potential risks. Adolescents commonly have elevated concerns about
Older children may better benefit from videos that demonstrate peer modeling
If you are not asked by the health care provider to be by your child's side and would like to be, ask if this is possible and ask your child if he or she would mind your presence. Out of respect for your child's growing need for privacy, do not allow peers or siblings to view the procedure unless he or she wants them to be present.
Update Date: 5/31/2002Adam Ratner, Adam Ratner, M.D., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT