Thursday, 15 May 2014

Preoperative education may do little to help relieve patient anxiety and recovery

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine's PhD student Matthew Page, and Mr Steve McDonald have co authored a study which has found that preoperative education in patients having hip and knee replacements may not be as effective as previously thought.


Though it was once thought that patient education before surgery could aid their recovery, the study has noted that there is little evidence to say that it offers benefits over usual care in terms of reducing anxiety, or in surgical outcomes, such as pain, function and adverse events.

The researchers have however acknowledged that preoperative education may be used as a useful tool in certain patients with depression, anxiety or unrealistic expectations, who may respond well to preoperative education that is stratified according to their physical, psychological and social need.

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