The present study was undertaken to assess patients'knowledge of anaesthesia and perioperative care as well as their perception of anaesthetists and their role.
A questionnaire survey of 23 items was developed and completed pre-operatively by 132 patients.
Included in this study were 45 men and 87 women ; 80% with at least secondary education with a mean age of 39.9 and 35.6 years, respectively.
Results indicated that only 56.8% of patients understood that anaesthetists are doctors.
There were significant misconceptions though in general, knowledge was good.
Although all patients realised the importance of fasting, however only 74.2% of patients realised it meant limitation of both solids and liquids from a specified time.
Pain was the major concern among the patients surveyed (39.4%), followed by fear of not waking up after surgery (18.9%). Twenty-one per cent of patients believed that postoperative pain was a necessary part of the healing process and 28% thought that pain was something that they had to put up with in the postoperative period.
Only 23.5% correctly identified the anaesthetist as being responsible for analgesia in the recovery period.
A majority (75.8%) wished to have more information about anaesthesia. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Connaissance, Malade, Anesthésie, Soin, Préopératoire, Postopératoire, Autoperception, Evaluation, Homme, Assurance qualité, Singapour, Asie, Perception sociale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Knowledge, Patient, Anesthesia, Care, Preoperative, Postoperative, Self perception, Evaluation, Human, Quality assurance, Singapore, Asia, Social perception
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0499538
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 19/02/1999.