Decreasing pediatric patient anxiety about radiology imaging tests: Prospective evaluation of an educational intervention

Annette J. Johnson, Jennifer Steele, Gregory B. Russell, Rhonda Moran, Kirsten P. Fredericks, S. Gregory Jennings

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This trial investigated anxiety levels and effect of an educational coloring book (CB) among pediatric patients about to undergo radiology imaging tests. Control group (N = 101) and intervention group (N = 175) children ages 3-10 years and their parents were surveyed to determine anxiety levels before the imaging test, with the intervention group being surveyed after patient and parental review of the CB. Anxiety was low for all subjects overall compared with findings from previously published literature, perhaps related to systemic measures to make children's hospitals more child friendly in recent years. Review of the CB was not associated with decreased anxiety among patients or parents. However, among a subgroup with higher baseline parental anxiety, there was a trend toward lower patient anxiety in the intervention group. Most parents indicated that the CB was informative and helped them and their child be less worried, and that they were pleased to have received the CB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-382
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Attitudes
  • Patient teaching
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pediatrics

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