Preoperative anxiety in children undergoing neurosurgical operations and proposed effective interventions
Preoperative anxiety is characterized by the patient’s experience of “being stressed and anxious” while awaiting surgery. As Perks, Chakravarti and Manninen indicated in their original study , the incidence of preoperative anxiety in neurosurgery patients was 89%, while the 55% diagnosed with a high level of anxiety. Patients’ anxiety mainly related to concerns about surgical factors, such as results of the operation and the possible physical injuries or mental suffering, while a small proportion of the patients reported anxiety due to the anesthesia procedure. It was pointed out that patients who experienced a high level of anxiety, presented more worries about the operation and needed more information about the surgical procedure. Although neurosurgical interventions and their outcome are great sources of anxiety for patients, little attention has been given on this field. Relative to this notion, we state that the research is even more scarce in pediatric patients ....
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