Pre-operative education and counselling are associated with reduced anxiety symptoms following carotid endarterectomy: a randomized and open-label study.

Chun-Ling Yang, Yan-Hua Tan, Xiu-Xia Jiang, Feng-Ying Meng, Yu-Ling Wu, Qiu-Lan Chen, Longle Ma, Lexin Wang

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Abstract

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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-288
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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