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The Heidelberg Peri-anaesthetic Questionnaire--development of a new refined psychometric questionnaire.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18717664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We have developed a questionnaire to assess patients' peri-anaesthetic satisfaction. We recruited 1398 patients and 59 health care professionals for construction and validation. Relevant items were rated for preferences. The resulting questions underwent a cognitive and a standard pretest. The resultant Heidelberg Peri-anaesthetic Questionnaire consists of 38 questions about five identified themes: trust and atmosphere; fear; discomfort; treatment by personnel; and information and waiting. Internal consistency was demonstrated for the sum score (Cronbach's alpha = 0.79) and the five factors (Cronbach's alpha = 0.42-0.79). Multivariate analysis found significant influences of age, school education, marital status and duration of anaesthesia. Dissatisfied patients had a median (IQR [range]) of 73% (66-76% [35-83]), and satisfied patients 92% (90-94% [88-100]) of the sum score. The Heidelberg Peri-anaesthetic Questionnaire offers a valid and reliable way to identify dissatisfied patients and generate quality improvement and also has use as a benchmark tool.
J H Schiff; A S Fornaschon; S Frankenhauser; M Schiff; S A Snyder-Ramos; E Martin; S Knapp; M Bauer; B W Böttiger; J Motsch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Validation Studies     Date:  2008-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1365-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesthesia     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-29     Completed Date:  2008-10-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370524     Medline TA:  Anaesthesia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1096-104     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidbelberg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anesthesia / methods,  psychology*,  standards
Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)
Educational Status
Marital Status
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction*
Perioperative Care / psychology*,  standards
Professional-Patient Relations
Reproducibility of Results

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