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Patients' knowledge of and attitudes towards awareness and depth of anaesthesia monitoring.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12635398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Awareness during anaesthesia is uncommon (approximately 0.1%), but causes significant anxiety, dissatisfaction and morbidity for patients. Several electroencephalographic monitors hold promise as monitors for awareness. We therefore conducted a survey to evaluate patients' knowledge of and attitudes towards awareness and monitors of anaesthetic depth. Two hundred consenting, preoperative patients completed a seven-item questionnaire. The median number of previous operations was 2 (inter-quartile range, 1-5). Thirteen patients reported an experience which they thought might be awareness (2% of operations performed on the cohort). Only 56% of patients had heard about awareness before and many (35%) of these had heard about it in the media. Many (35%) were uncertain about what might cause awareness. Many (42.5%) were anxious about awareness: female sex and not having heard about awareness before were significant predictors of anxiety. Nevertheless only 34% were willing to pay for a proven awareness monitor if they were at low risk and only 50% if they were at high risk. Perceived risk and a previous awareness experience were significant predictors of willingness to pay for awareness monitoring.
K Leslie; L Lee; P S Myles; N Lerch; C Fiddes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia and intensive care     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0310-057X     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-14     Completed Date:  2003-05-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342017     Medline TA:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departments of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia / psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Physiologic / economics,  psychology*
Surgical Procedures, Operative

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