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.