Document Type : Research Article
Background: Post surgery is a painful experience for everyone, children are more vulnerable to stress and it is important to manage anxiety and pain after surgery. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of a play intervention in reducing anxiety and pain levels among post-operative hospitalized children admitted in a selected hospital. Methods: A randomized controlled Trial, 126 participants were recruited from paediatric surgery ward. Ages between 6-12 years, play activities were performed 63 children in intervention group provided play therapy and 63 in control group obtained the daily routine care without any play intervention. Children who received play intervention were less negative and had lower levels of anxiety and pain than children who received normal daily routine care.