TITLE

ANXIETATEA LA COLONOSCOPIE

AUTHOR(S)
Pojoga, Cristina; Pascu, Oliviu
PUB. DATE
December 2011
SOURCE
Clujul Medical;Dec2011, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p567
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background and aim. Anxiety is a negative emotional response that occurs in certaint situations viewed by the subject as being threatening. Colonoscopy is a situation that produces anticipatory anxiety and because of this reason, sometimes the subjects refuse to undergo it even if the procedure is recommended by the physician. Methods. We studied 108 subjects that had presented for colonoscopy in a colorectal cancer screening programme. We applied them the STAI-S and STAI-T questionnaires 3 weekes before and immediately before the procedure, in order to assess the levels of state and trait anxiety. Results. We took into study 108 subjects, 49 men (45,37%) and 59 (54,62%) females, mean age 59,26±12,45 years (23-83 years). Mean age was higher in females (62,52±11,17 years) than in males (55,34±12,89 years). Results at the STAI-S and STAI-T questionnaires showed a significantly higher level of anxiety immediately before the procedure compared to the levels 3 weeks before the procedure: state anxiety: t=17,24, p<0,0001 and trait anxiety: t=8,31, p<0,0001. Conclusions. The level of anxiety is significantly higher before colonoscopy, and this can be the reason why some subjects choose to avoid this procedure, even if it is recommended by the physician.
ACCESSION #
69719749

 

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