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Strategies for decreasing patient anxiety in the perioperative setting.



Perioperative patient anxiety is a pervasive problem that can have far-reaching effects. Among these effects are increased postoperative pain, increased risk for infection, and longer healing times. Many factors affect perioperative patient anxiety, including the need for surgery, perceived loss of control, fear of postoperative pain, and alteration of body image. This systematic review of current literature was undertaken to identify evidence-based interventions for decreasing patient anxiety in perioperative practice. According to the current research literature, perioperative education and music therapy can be used to successfully reduce surgical patients' anxiety.

AORN J. 2010 Oct;92(4):445-57; quiz 458-60. Bailey L. Inova Fairfax Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Center, Fairfax, VA, USA.

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