World Journal of Surgical Oncology

, 9:38

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The efficacy of preopoerative instruction in reducing anxiety following gyneoncological surgery: a case control study

  • Gul PinarAffiliated withBaşkent University Health Sciences Faculty, Nursing and Healthcare Services Department Email author 
  • , Ayten KurtAffiliated withZekai Tahir Burak Gynecology Training and Research Hospital
  • , Tayfun GungorAffiliated withZekai Tahir Burak Gynecology Training and Research Hospital



This is a quasi-experimental case control research focusing on the impact of systematic preoperative instruction on the level of postoperative anxiety in gyneoncologic patients. The population studied consists of the gyneoncologic surgery patients admitted to the Gynecologic Oncology Service at Zekai Tahir Burak Gynecology Training and Research Hospital from May to September 2010.

Patients and methods

Through a random sampling, 60 patients were recruited in each group. The study group was given a systematic preoperative instruction while the control group was given routine nursing care. Patients were interviewed in the postoperative period and anxiety was measured. The data-collecting tool consisted of the Individual Information Form and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. The collected data were analyzed by using the SPSS Program to find the frequency, the percentage, the mean and the standard variables, and the hypothesis was tested with Chi-square, variance, and t-independent test.


It was found that the incidence rates from the post-operative anxiety score of the study group were lower than those of the control group (p < .05). The results of this research demonstrated that gyneoncologic surgery patients who were given systematic preoperative instruction felt less anxious than the ones who were given merely a routine nursing care.


Results of this study suggest that preoperative instruction programs aiming at informing gyneoncologic surgery patients at the preoperative stage should be organized in hospitals and have an essential role.