Handholding, Speaking to Patients Reduces Anxiety

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For patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty under local anesthesia, handholding and providing spoken information correlate with reduced patient anxiety.
For patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty under local anesthesia, handholding and providing spoken information correlate with reduced patient anxiety.

HealthDay News -- For patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty under local anesthesia, handholding and providing spoken information correlate with reduced patient anxiety, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Bong-Hee Kim, RN, from Chosun University in Gwangju, South Korea, and colleagues conducted a study with a quasi-experimental design and a nonequivalent control group to examine the effects of handholding and spoken information for patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty under local anesthesia. Ninety-four patients were included and assigned to either Experimental Group I (30 patients), who received handholding and spoken information; Experimental Group II (34 patients), who received handholding only; or a control group (30 patients).

The researchers found that, compared with Experimental Group II and the control group, Experimental Group I had lower psychological anxiety. Significant decreases in systolic blood pressure were seen in both experimental groups versus the control group.

"Handholding and spoken information provided during a surgical intervention to mitigate psychological anxiety, and handholding to mitigate physiological anxiety can be used in nursing interventions with patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty," the authors wrote.

Reference

1 Bee-Hong K, et al. J Clin Nurs. 2015; doi: 10.1111/jocn.12928. 

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