Nephrology/Urology

European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 155, Issue 8, pp 684-687

First online:

Distress and radiological investigations of the urinary tract in children

  • D. PhillipsAffiliated withPaediatric Renal Unit, City Hospital NHS Trust
  • , A. D. WatsonAffiliated withPaediatric Renal Unit, City Hospital NHS Trust
  • , J. CollierAffiliated withPaediatric Renal Unit, City Hospital NHS Trust

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Abstract

The distress associated with radiological investigations may be related to the information and style of parental explanation given to the child and the parents own coping style. In a questionnaire survey we assessed distress in relation to investigations of the urinary tract using the Groningen Distress Rating Scale and the Utrecht Coping List. We found the micturating cystourethrogram (MCUG) to be significantly more distressing than radionuclide investigations. MCUG distress was adversely correlated with passive and palliative parental coping styles. Results suggested that cognitive coping styles modelled by the parents ameliorated distress on dimercaptosuccinic acid scintigraphy.

Key words

Radionuclide imaging Radiology Psychology Emotional stress