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Panacea Journal of Medical Sciences

Study of anxiety symptoms in patients posted for cataract surgery

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Author Details : Nirmal Sankalp, Bansod Abhijeet, Faye Abhijeet, Gawande Sushil, Tadke Rahul, Kirpekar Vivek, Bhave

Volume : 5, Issue : 3, Year : 2015

Article Page : 119-123

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Being posted for cataract surgery can be source of anxiety for the patient. This study was conducted to assess the presence of anxiety symptoms and their correlations with various socio-demographic variables in patients posted for cataract surgery. It was a cross-sectional, non-randomized, single interview study. 50 consecutive patients posted for cataract surgery were included. Each patient was individually interviewed using a semi-structured proforma prepared for the study which included socio-demographic profile, clinical and psychiatric profile and ophthalmological diagnosis. To assess various domains of anxiety, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM–A) was administered. About 80% of patients reported at least 2 or more anxiety symptoms but most of these symptoms were transient in nature. 92% had anxiety scores less than or equal to 13 on HAM–A. Only 14% patients reported worries on MSE. We did not found a diagnosable anxiety disorder in patients posted for cataract study. Only 8% of subjects had mild to moderate scores on Hamilton anxiety rating scale. Also the patients with mature cataract have statistically significant correlation with HAM–A scores.

Keywords: Anxiety, Cataract, Surgery.

How to cite : Sankalp N, Abhijeet B, Abhijeet F, Sushil G, Rahul T, Vivek K, Bhave, Study of anxiety symptoms in patients posted for cataract surgery. Panacea J Med Sci 2015;5(3):119-123

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