The role of anxiolytic premedication in reducing preoperative anxiety.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/232151
Title:
The role of anxiolytic premedication in reducing preoperative anxiety.
Authors:
Carroll, Jennifer K; Cullinan, Eithne; Clarke, Linda; Davis, Niall F
Affiliation:
Department of Perioperative Nursing, St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland.
Citation:
The role of anxiolytic premedication in reducing preoperative anxiety., 21 (8):479-83 Br J Nurs
Journal:
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/232151
PubMed ID:
22585076
Abstract:
Prevention of preoperative anxiety with anxiolytic premedication is associated with improved preoperative outcomes in surgical patients. The objective of the authors' study was to evaluate the percentage of surgical patients that are prescribed premedication for preoperative anxiety before their anticipated surgical procedure. A prospective study was carried out by theatre nursing staff in the theatre reception bay of a university teaching hospital. A questionnaire was designed to record the number of patients that described symptoms consistent with preoperative anxiety. The number of patients that had been offered anxiolytic premedication for preoperative anxiety was also recorded. Consent was obtained from 115 consecutive surgical patients (male, n=52; female, n=63). Of these, 66% (n=76) reported anxiety before their surgical procedure (male: n=27, female: n=49). Premedication with a low-dose benzodiazepine was prescribed by an anaesthetist in 4% of cases (n=5). Patients that received premedication preoperatively reported effective relief of their anxiety symptoms This study demonstrates that preoperative patient anxiety is highly prevalent. The authors' findings suggest that premedication with anxiolytic pharmacological therapy may be an underused therapeutic resource for managing preoperative patient anxiety.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures; Anti-Anxiety Agents; Anxiety; Female; Humans; Male; Patient Satisfaction; Perioperative Nursing; Preoperative Period; Prospective Studies
ISSN:
0966-0461

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Jennifer Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorCullinan, Eithneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Lindaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Niall Fen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-04T15:03:01Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-04T15:03:01Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationThe role of anxiolytic premedication in reducing preoperative anxiety., 21 (8):479-83 Br J Nursen_GB
dc.identifier.issn0966-0461-
dc.identifier.pmid22585076-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/232151-
dc.description.abstractPrevention of preoperative anxiety with anxiolytic premedication is associated with improved preoperative outcomes in surgical patients. The objective of the authors' study was to evaluate the percentage of surgical patients that are prescribed premedication for preoperative anxiety before their anticipated surgical procedure. A prospective study was carried out by theatre nursing staff in the theatre reception bay of a university teaching hospital. A questionnaire was designed to record the number of patients that described symptoms consistent with preoperative anxiety. The number of patients that had been offered anxiolytic premedication for preoperative anxiety was also recorded. Consent was obtained from 115 consecutive surgical patients (male, n=52; female, n=63). Of these, 66% (n=76) reported anxiety before their surgical procedure (male: n=27, female: n=49). Premedication with a low-dose benzodiazepine was prescribed by an anaesthetist in 4% of cases (n=5). Patients that received premedication preoperatively reported effective relief of their anxiety symptoms This study demonstrates that preoperative patient anxiety is highly prevalent. The authors' findings suggest that premedication with anxiolytic pharmacological therapy may be an underused therapeutic resource for managing preoperative patient anxiety.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)en_GB
dc.subject.meshAmbulatory Surgical Procedures-
dc.subject.meshAnti-Anxiety Agents-
dc.subject.meshAnxiety-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshPatient Satisfaction-
dc.subject.meshPerioperative Nursing-
dc.subject.meshPreoperative Period-
dc.subject.meshProspective Studies-
dc.titleThe role of anxiolytic premedication in reducing preoperative anxiety.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Perioperative Nursing, St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)en_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren

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