ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Anxiety therapy in cardiac surgery patients
Aslı Demir1, Dilan Akyurt1, Berna Ergün1, Candan Haytural1, Tuğba Yiğit1, İrfan Taşoğlu2, Atilla Halil Elhan3, Özcan Erdemli1
1Türkiye Yüksek İhtisas Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Anesteziyoloji Kliniği, Ankara
2Türkiye Yüksek İhtisas Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Kliniği, Ankara
3Ankara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Biyoistatistik Anabilim Dalı, Ankara
Background: In this study we investigated the effects of preoperative briefing on the anxiety levels of cardiac surgery patients.

Methods: With the approval of the hospital ethics committee, patients hospitalized in the cardiac surgery clinic who were scheduled to undergo cardiac surgery were interviewed in detail about patient demographics by means of the state-trait anxiety inventory (STAI). While the study group (n=50) received preoperative briefing, the control group (n=50) did not.

Results: No difference was observed between groups in terms of age, sex, marital status, income level, occupation, and place of birth (p>0.05). Similarly, no difference was observed between these variables and STAI scores. No difference was observed between groups in terms of pre STAI-I and pre STAI-II levels. The level of STAI-I in the study group was significantly reduced after briefing (p=0.015).

Conclusion: Based on the findings of the presented study, it has been shown that anxiety was reduced with preoperative briefing of the patients.

Keywords : Anxiety medication; anxiety treatment; help with anxiety
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