Parents' attitudes toward performance of lumbar puncture on their children

J Pediatr. 2004 Mar;144(3):400-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2003.11.024.


We studied the attitudes of 87 parents who had the choice to watch their children's single or multiple lumbar punctures (LPs). Anxiety scores were moderate, higher before LP than after, and were unaffected by the number or observation. Parents who observed the LP wished doing likewise in the future.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • Attitude*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Spinal Puncture*