Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 127-130

Effectiveness of pre-anesthetic video information on patient anxiety and economical aspects

1 Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
2 Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

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Thomas Metterlein
Anesthesiology Department, University Hospital Regensburg, 93051 Regensburg
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_968_20

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Background: Adequate preoperative information can lessen patient anxiety. Delivering sufficient information during a personal interview, however, is time consuming, and therefore a relevant economical aspect. We investigated whether video information given to the patient before the pre-anesthetic interview has an influence on the patient's anxiety and the duration of the interview. Method: We randomized 302 patients undergoing different types of anesthesia. In all, 151 patients watched a short video with general information about the anticipated anesthesia procedure. Afterward, all patients had a standard pre-anesthetic interview. Patients' anxiety and satisfaction with pre-anesthesia care were assessed after the interview using a visual analogue scale. The duration of the interview was documented. Student t-test and P < 0.05 for differences between the groups. Results: There was no difference in gender, age, ASA physical status, previous anesthesia experience, and the planned anesthesia procedure between the two groups. No difference in anxiety and satisfaction with pre-anesthesia care was observed. The duration of the pre-anesthetic interview was also not different between the groups. Discussion: Preoperative multimedia information did not reduce anxiety or increase the patient satisfaction undergoing anesthesia. The video containing general information did not save time in the pre-anesthetic interview.

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