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Revista Médica del Uruguay

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BERNADA, Mercedes et al. La presencia de los padres en los procedimientos médicos realizados a niños.: ¿Qué opinan los padres y niños uruguayos?. Rev. Méd. Urug. [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.1, pp.21-34. ISSN 1688-0390.

Summary Introduction: in Uruguay, parental presence during medical procedures in their children is a controversial practice. There is no national research in the field. Neither are there publications asking children, the protagonists. Objective: to learn about the opinion of: - parents about their wish to be present during medical procedures in their children, - Children about their wish to be accompanied by their parents. Method: descriptive, observational and transversal study. Anonymous, semi-structured survey to parents and children in a pediatrics hospital and primary health care centers. Results: 126 parents were included in the study. They would like to be present during the following procedures: 91% blood sampling; 89% placement of a venous circuit, 81% vesical catheterism, 77% rachicentesis and 70% endotraqueal intubation. 58 % of parents believe the decision is to be made by de family, the child, or both. 130 were included in the study. . They would like their parents to be present during the following procedures: 93% rachicentesis, 92% blood sampling and 87% vesical catheterism. Conclusions: most children want tobe accompanied by their parents during medical procedures. Most parents want to be with their children and want to be the ones to decide whether to be present or not. Health professionals and institutions need to respect children's rights and adapt their protocols, policies and regulations to every child and family's preference and cultural values.


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