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Objective: To compare the pre and post-operative anxiety and tension in patients awaiting elective cholecystecomies
under general anesthesia.
Material and Methods: This study was a prospective study, carried out by a team of anesthetists at Khyber Teaching
Hospital Peshawar from March 2011 to December 2011 with assistance from a psychologist. In this study 44 female
patients were involved. Institute of Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT) anxiety scale was used for this purpose (the
self analysis form, Scheier and cattel, 1976).
Result: According to the results the anxiety and tensions were relatively more in the post-operative state than the
Conclusion: Contrary to the normal belief that pre-operative anxiety is more than post-operative anxiety there was an
increase in anxiety level after the surgical phase. Hence a pre-operative assessment and counseling of the patient
must be undertaken.
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