Current Environment:


This is a pilot study aiming to examine preliminary effectiveness of a preparation program which includes simulation (SIMDiscovery) in reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of preparedness among parents and their children who will undergo spinal fusion surgery. SIMDiscovery is an experiential learning preparation program which aims to educate children and families about different medical procedures through simulation play.


Scoliosis Idiopathic Adolescent

Recruitment Status


Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Children and adolescents with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and their parent(s)
Spinal fusion surgery scheduled
Developmental Age range (10+; no upper age range)
Males and females of all races and ethnicities
English-speaking families (although English need not be their primary language)
Both patient and caregiver (when patient is under 18 years of age) are able to attend SIMDiscovery program

Exclusion Criteria:

- Other significant chronic medical conditions (e.g., spina bifida, muscular dystrophy)
Anterior surgical access
ICU stay expected post-op
Cognitive functioning level below 10yo


Intervention Type

Intervention Name




Not Applicable



Min Age

10 Years

Max Age

18 Years

Download Date

September 7, 2020

Principal Investigator

Daniel Hedequist

Primary Contact Information

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SIMDiscovery: The Benefits of Utilizing a Simulation Preparation Program for Spinal Fusion Surgery NCT03835390