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Play is an essential part of growing up and by using play to distract children and young people whilst undergoing medical treatment can have a positive impact. Play and distraction can help children and young people cope with painful procedures and long term treatment.

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Why is it important?

The impact of stressful events and long term implications for children and young people is clearly evident and by reflecting on ways to reduce negative emotional outcomes will help protect against adversity and toxic stress, particularly for children and young people with chronic health conditions


Co writing this article has been an absolute pleasure, particularly as a new author. Hopefully this article will allow readers to consider the impact of what we may consider to be small interventions but can have huge negative implications for children and young people under our care. By use of play and distraction we can ensure high quality care and positive service user experiences.

Katherine Drape
Northumbria University

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This page is a summary of: Using play as a distraction technique for children undergoing medical procedures, British Journal of Nursing, February 2020, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.3.142.
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