Patient anxiety while on a waiting list for coronary artery bypass surgery: a qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Donna Fitzsimons, Kader Parahoo, S G Richardson, Maurice Stringer

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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the nature and intensity of anxiety felt by patients awaiting coronary artery bypass surgery. DESIGN: A prospective, cross-sectional study design was used, with a qualitative interview and State Trait Anxiety Inventory. SETTING: Study took place in 2 large tertiary referral hospitals in Northern Ireland. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy patients were randomly selected within 4 weeks of their referral for cardiac surgery. RESULTS: Participants in this study cited 5 main sources of anxiety: chest pain, uncertainty, fear of the operation, physical incapacity, and dissatisfaction with the care offered to them. The State Trait Anxiety Inventory scores of this sample were high at all stages of data collection. There was a statistically significant relationship (P
LanguageEnglish
Pages23-31
JournalHeart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

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Waiting Lists
Coronary Artery Bypass
Anxiety
Northern Ireland
Equipment and Supplies
Chest Pain
Tertiary Care Centers
Thoracic Surgery
Uncertainty
Fear
Referral and Consultation
Cross-Sectional Studies
Interviews

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