Patient Information and Treatment Outcome
In 1981 we were contacted by the ENT specialists at the National Hospital of Norway, who wanted to know if there might be any psychological or psychosomatic risks involved in operating on patients with an acquired deviation of the nasal septum. As we did not have an answer we had to find out. At this time our hypothesis was that thorough, structured individual information to the patients (about the implications of the operation as well as those concerning the pre-and post-operative periods) would be beneficial to treatment outcome. Secondly, we suggested that this type of information might reduce the length of hospital stay, and hence treatment costs.
KeywordsNasal Septum Total Hospital Stay Breathing Problem Negative Gain Health Condition Group
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