Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal

ARTICLE
Year
: 2004  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 75--78

Psychiatric symptoms in surgical patients: an assessment of the course of anxiety


DI Ukpong, AR Adesunkanmi 
 Department of Mental Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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D I Ukpong
Department of Mental Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Nigeria

Fifty five (55) patients consecutively booked for major elective surgery were assessed pre-operatively for minor psychiatric symptoms and baseline anxiety levels using the GHQ - 30 and the state version of the state - Trait Anxiety inventory (STAI). Measurements of post-operative anxiety levels were also done for the seven consecutive post-operative days using the STAl. The prevalence of minor psychiatric morbidity was 38%. Patients who were GHQ - 30 cases had higher pre-operative and post-operative anxiety levels than those who were not GHQ- 30 cases. Mean baseline pre-operative anxiety levels were not achieved even on the seventh post-operative day. Pre-operative and post-operative psychological interventions may have useful clinical implications for the anesthesiologist surgeon and psychiatrist as they may need to pay special attention to those identified as being at a greater risk for pre and post-operative anxiety.


How to cite this article:
Ukpong D I, Adesunkanmi A R. Psychiatric symptoms in surgical patients: an assessment of the course of anxiety.Niger Postgrad Med J 2004;11:75-78


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Ukpong D I, Adesunkanmi A R. Psychiatric symptoms in surgical patients: an assessment of the course of anxiety. Niger Postgrad Med J [serial online] 2004 [cited 2022 Oct 1 ];11:75-78
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