Patient education by nurses or using online tools does not decrease patients’ levels of anxiety prior to surgery, a new study has found.
Researchers from Finland measured the emotions of 147 ambulatory orthopaedic surgery patients before and after their education session asking them about their feelings of worry, impatience and uncertainty.
About half of the patients were educated with an internet based tool while the remainder had a face to face session with a nurse. The study found emotion scores did not decrease after patient education under either method, although levels of anxiety overall were low.
Journal of Perioperative Practice, 2012; 22(7):226-231