Preparation for Surgery

  • Steve Webne
Part of the Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)


Preoperative psychological preparation of patients for surgery has existed in some form from the time stone knife first pressed against flesh. It is an integral part of the process of surgery that investigators have systematically studied only over the last 35 years. During that time, researchers have empirically established that patients who receive psychological preparation prior to surgery demonstrate less distress, fewer medical complications, and shorter stays in hospital than patients who do not receive such preparation (Alberts, Lyons, Moretti, & Erickson, 1989; Anderson & Masur, 1983; Devine & Cook, 1983; Hathaway, 1986; Home, Vatmanidis, & Careri, 1994; Mumford, Schlesinger, & Glass, 1982; Rogers & Reich, 1986; Suls & Wan, 1989).


Coping Style Behavioral Medicine Preoperative Intervention Psychosomatic Medicine Preoperative Preparation 
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  • Steve Webne
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  1. 1.Mental Health AssociationNashvilleUSA

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