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Magnitude and Factors Associated with Preoperative Anxiety Among Pediatric Patients: Cross-Sectional Study

Authors Getahun AB, Endalew NS, Mersha AT, Admass BA

Received 27 October 2020

Accepted for publication 10 December 2020

Published 16 December 2020 Volume 2020:11 Pages 485—494


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Roosy Aulakh

Amare Belete Getahun, Nigussie Simeneh Endalew, Abraham Tarekegn Mersha, Biruk Adie Admass

Department of Anaesthesia, School of Medicine, College of Medicine and Health Science, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

Correspondence: Nigussie Simeneh Endalew Email [email protected]

Background: Anesthesia and surgery are common sources of anxiety and stressful experiences in children. This unpleasant sensation depends on several factors. This study aimed to determine the magnitude of preoperative anxiety and associated factors in pediatrics patients at the University of Gondar Comprehensive Specialized Hospital North West Ethiopia 2020.
Methods: An institutional-based cross-sectional observational study was conducted from March to September 2020 at the University of Gondar Comprehensive Specialized Hospital. After obtaining ethical approval from the institutional review board. All consecutive ASA physical status I & II boys and girls with the age of 2– 12 years scheduled for a variety of elective (general, urologic, ENT, ophthalmic and other surgical) operations were included. The level of anxiety was measured using the Modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale short form (m-YPAS-SF) observational tool. Parental anxiety was assessed using Spielberger’s short version of state-trait anxiety. Binary logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the association between preoperative children’s anxiety and independent variables. The strength of the association was present by adjusted odds ratios.
Results: The magnitude of preoperative anxiety in children in the operation room was 75.44% (95% confidence interval (CI): 68.36, 81.34). Age (AOR: 3.83; 95% CI: 1.58, 9.30), previous surgery and anesthesia (AOR: 6.73, 95% CI: 1.25, 36.19), outpatient surgery (AOR: 5.16, 95% CI: 1.32, 20.23) and parental anxiety (AOR: 3.26, 95% CI: 1.30, 20.23) were significantly associated with preoperative children anxiety.
Conclusion: The magnitude of preoperative anxiety in pediatric patients was considerably high in our setup. Younger age, previous surgery and anesthesia, outpatient surgical setting, and parental anxiety were the independent risk factors for preoperative anxiety. Therefore, the operating staff should assess the child’s anxiety and should consider appropriate anxiety reduction methods during the preoperative visit of pediatric patients and their families.

Keywords: preoperative, anxiety, children, anesthesia, surgery

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