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Patients' fears in coronary arteriography.
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PMID:  10476188     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was concerned with the objects of fear and the intensity of fears related to coronary arteriography (CA) in 378 patients scheduled for coronary arteriography at a university hospital. Intensity of fear was measured on a 10-point Likert-type scale which listed 26 objects of fear. The patients were asked to assess the intensity of their fears both before and after CA. The results showed that the intensity of fear varied depending upon the object of fear. The highest intensity was recorded for fear of coronary artery bypass surgery. A significant increase was found in fear of lying flat in bed after CA and fear of not receiving social support. Fears of uncertainty about the illness, the CA procedure, results of CA, pain, coronary artery bypass surgery and coronary angioplasty decreased significantly after CA. Significant associations were found between objects of fear and patient demographics. It is concluded that patients' fears should be assessed individually both before and after CA. Special attention should be paid to the fears of women, patients under 45 years, upper and lower level employees and the unemployed.
J Heikkilä; M Paunonen; P Laippala; V Virtanen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0283-9318     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Caring Sci     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-09-09     Completed Date:  1999-09-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-10     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Nursing Science, University of Tampere, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / nursing*,  psychology*
Attitude to Health*
Coronary Angiography / nursing*,  psychology*
Coronary Artery Bypass / psychology
Middle Aged
Social Support

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