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Anxiety prevelant in day surgery patients


The majority of day surgery patients experience anxiety, but it is more prevalent in female patients and those undergoing general anaesthesia, according a Manchester study online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

The researchers surveyed 674 patients who had undergone day surgery in the previous 48 hours.

Anxiety was experienced by most, 82%, but was more prevalent among female patients and those receiving general anaesthesia. 

Most patients preferred to receive information about their operation one to four weeks in advance but general anaesthesia patients wanted it the earliest.

Female patients preferred to wait with a relative or friend, or talk with other patients.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Yet another study that tells us nothing we dont already know.

    Are studies like these carried out by students for their degree dissertations therefore making it a safe and easy subject or are actual researchers taking time and money to produce these kind of papers?

    I fear that studies like these dumb down our reputation as educated professionals.

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  • "I fear that studies like these dumb down our reputation as educated professionals."

    by coincidence I have just made almost exactly the same remark about music for cancer patients.

    perhaps it would be of value to publish more students' dissertations to avoid all this costly, repetitive and irritating research which is an insult to our collective nursing intelligence and already well established body of knowledge. either we do not publish enough or these researchers do not do thorough mega literature searches.

    there seems to have been a similar article on the topic of day surgery which attracted similar comments to the one above, including as far as I remember, one from myself!

    As far as day surgery goes, being a highly anxious patient, i would refuse it especially as I live on my own and without support. If in the unfortunate event of needing care I would expect it at the same standards that I and my colleagues have delivered it to others all of our working lives!

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