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Older Patients' Worries in Connection With General Anesthesia and Surgery - A Qualitative Study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3790-3505
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, ISSN 1089-9472, E-ISSN 1532-8473, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 822-833Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: To examine anxiety and what older patients worry about related to anesthesia and colorectal surgery, and their perceptions regarding nurses' ability to ease preoperative worry.

Design: Qualitative individual face-to-face interviews.

Methods: The study included 18 patients aged between 62 and 91 years with lower abdominal tumors. The study was conducted in two day-surgery wards in Sweden. Interview data were analyzed with Malterud's systematic text condensation.

Findings: Four themes were identified: (1) losing control of one's body, leaving one's life in someone else's hands, and the feeling that there is no going back, (2) claustrophobia and anticipated pain in an unknown environment, (3) unknown and frightening vocabulary concerning the surgery, and (4) what can happen if something goes wrong.

Conclusions: Patients worry about a number of things. If preoperative worry could be identified, actions taken to reduce worry could be personalized and patients' own strategies to reduce worries may be helpful for them.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC , 2018. Vol. 33, no 6, p. 822-833
Keywords [en]
nursing, patients' experiences, preoperative, qualitative study, anxiety, assessment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371127DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2018.01.005ISI: 000450368000006PubMedID: 29548667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-371127DiVA, id: diva2:1272741
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved

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