The Value of Play in Ambulatory Settings

  • Maureen Ballentine
  • Diane Gow


The chapter provides a brief theoretical context of play, as a backdrop to exploring the contribution of play in ambulatory settings. The therapeutic value of play is examined, as is the role it occupies in preparing children and their families for investigations, treatment and surgery. Specific consideration is given to techniques and strategies of distraction and relaxation, and examples of good practice are included. Current debates surrounding who should prepare children for day surgery and where this preparation should take place are presented.


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  • Diane Gow

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