• child;
  • parents;
  • counselling;
  • preoperative care;
  • quality of information

The objective of this study was to examine parental opinion on the quality of preoperative face-to-face counselling about the child's preoperative fasting. Families, whose child was admitted for ambulatory tonsillectomy were randomly assigned to the study groups (n = 116; 58/58). The intervention group received the information with face-to-face counselling, and the control group in written form. The parents assessed (visual analogue scale) the level of clarity, intelligibility and adequacy of the information, how well they had understood the meaning and the implementation of the child's preoperative fast, as well as their own skills and success to implement the child's fast. The parents in the intervention group felt that the information was significantly clearer, more intelligible and adequate and that they succeeded well. Face-to-face counselling is an effective way to educate the parents.