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Pre-operative education and counseling are associated with reduced anxiety symptoms following carotid endarterectomy: a randomized and open-label study.
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PMID:  22457372     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Post-operative anxiety is common and may have significant impact on the post-operative recovery of the patients. Theatre nurse visits before surgery has been shown to reduce patient's anxiety levels following general surgery. Aim: To investigate the effect of pre-operative visits and counselling by intensive care unit (ICU) nurses on patient's anxiety levels following carotid endarterectomy. METHODS: This is an open-label and randomized clinical trial. Patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy were divided into study (n=60) and control group (n=60). For the study group, in addition to routine pre-operational counselling by the surgeons, ICU nurses visited the patients and provided a structured counselling the day before surgery. For the control group, only routine pre-operative counselling was provided. Anxiety levels were assessed by Zung self-rating anxiety scale (SAS) the day before surgery and on the day after being discharged from ICU to the ward. RESULTS: The two groups were comparable in age, sex, surgical methods, and duration of ICU stays. Following the surgery, the mean SAS score in the control group increased from 50.5±5.4 to 58.5±7.3 (p=0.03), whereas the mean SAS score in the study group reduced from 51.5±4.3 to 45.1±6.5 (p=0.02). The proportion of patients with anxiety symptoms in the control group was higher than in the study group following the surgery (58.3% vs. 33.3%, p=0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Pre-operative visits and counselling by ICU nurses could reduce patient's anxiety levels following carotid endarterectomy.
Chun-Ling Yang; Yan-Hua Tan; Xiu-Xia Jiang; Feng-Ying Meng; Yu-Ling Wu; Qiu-Lan Chen; Long-Le Ma; Le-Xin Wang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-1953     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101128793     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Liaocheng People's Hospital and Liaocheng Clinical School of Taishan Medical University, Liaocheng, PR China.
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