Reducing preoperative anxiety
Master of Science (MS)
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Oliver David Anderson
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The effect of a pre-operative self-educational program on pre-operative state-anxiety was explored on 43 same day, non-diagnostic, surgical patients. Controls (22) received verbal preoperative instructions. The treatment group (21) received, in addition, a self-instructional preoperative booklet. The study addressed the research question. Will administration of a pre-operative self-instructional educational tool reduce self-reported anxiety? The level of client anxiety was measured by the Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Pre- and post-intervention scores were analyzed using t-tests for paired samples. A Pearson product moment correlation was calculated on the STAI scores. The data collected did not demonstrate that the experimental treatment was effective in reducing anxiety, t(42) = -0.73. Findings indicated the need for improved education and continued research into alternative, cost effective modalities, useful in reducing preoperative anxiety.
Figueroa, Cynthia Firpi, "Reducing preoperative anxiety" (1997). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3322.
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