A need for play specialists in Japanese children's wards.

Paediatric nursing

PubMedID: 20695310

Tanaka K, Yoshikawa N, Kudo N, Negishi Y, Shimizu T, Hayata N. A need for play specialists in Japanese children's wards. Paediatr Nurs. 2010;22(6):31-2.
The importance of distraction techniques and play therapy for sick children has long been recognised by nurses in the UK and other western countries. Although these techniques are not so well established in Japan there is growing interest in them. The authors conducted a survey and found that children's nurses in Japan appreciated the value of distraction techniques and play therapy. They argue that attitudes to using them on children's wards in Japan are changing, but there is still a lack of training and few play specialists.