Balance of Concerns: Satisfactory Pre-Anesthetic Patient Education and the Extent of Patient Worries

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Controversy exists whether or not patient’s concerns regarding anesthetics can be reduced by face-to-face pre-assessment with an anesthetist. Thus we were looking at concerns patients had before and after such a consultation. Patient satisfaction was rated by a validated questionnaire. A four-staged Likert-scale was used to quantify the extent of patients concerns. The totaling 461 patients were overall highly satisfied. 448 patients hadniltominimalconcerns. After the assessment, 106 patients stated their concerns had been lessened (p < 0.001). Having gone through the anesthetic pre-assessment center, 99.1% of all patients reported no considerable concerns regarding anesthetics whatsoever. A high level of patient satisfaction does not constitute a low level of concerns patients may hold over anesthetics, although a pre-operative consultation mitigated these concerns by 23%, whilst for 9% of all patients this pre-assessment led to a higher level of concerns.

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J. Schnoor, U. Reuter, N. Engelmann and U. Burkhardt, "Balance of Concerns: Satisfactory Pre-Anesthetic Patient Education and the Extent of Patient Worries," Open Journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 3 No. 9, 2013, pp. 402-407. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2013.39085.

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