How to Engage Patients and Medical Professionals in a Pre-surgical Preparation Workshop
Teens and young adults undergoing complicated surgical procedures often experience anxiety and psychosocial concerns that impact their pre- and post-surgery adjustment. Offering formal education and support to patients and families undergoing procedures often results in an increased ability to cope with the surgical process and improved outcomes. The creation of a multidisciplinary preparation course for teenagers undergoing orthognathic surgery has created positive post-surgical outcomes in the eyes of the teenager, parent and physicians.
■ Discuss the benefit of preparing adolescents undergoing complicated surgeries by offering a workshop that incorporates medical professionals and peer mentors.
■ Promote long-term coping and adjustment to future health care challenges for patients.
■ Participants will be provided documents that provide a framework for the participants to conduct a preparation workshop in their medical setting that can be adapted to a diagnosis that is of their preference.