These children’s books were studied at Levine Children’s Hospital of Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was a small randomized controlled study where the satisfaction, stress, and understanding of 85 caregivers was compared between those who received a book and those who did not. We found that having a book significantly helped caregivers understand more about their child’s problem, feel less stressed, and feel more satisfied with their care.
This study was published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons: Novel Way to Improve Satisfaction, Comprehension, and Anxiety in Caregivers: A Randomized Trial Exploring the Use of Comprehensive, Illustrated Children’s Books for Pediatric Surgical Populations
This research was presented at the American Pediatric Surgical Association conference in May 2021, and won an Atrium Health 2021 Silver Touchstone Award for improving satisfaction, comprehension, and anxiety in pediatric surgery populations. Further, we are continuing to conduct this research to gain further understanding on how these books may benefit children and their loved ones.
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