Awareness and concern towards anesthesia among patients undergoing surgical procedure: A cross-sectional study at pre-anesthetic clinic of a Teaching Hospital

Authors

  • Sushila Lama Moktan Lecturer, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Ujma Shrestha Lecturer, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Mona Sharma Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Manan Karki Consultant, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jkmc.v8i2.28168

Keywords:

Anesthesia; Awareness; Concern; Knowledge; Nepal.

Abstract

Background: With the advent of anesthesia, surgery is no longer a race against the clock and surgeons. Many studies in the past have demonstrated limited knowledge among patients about various aspects of anesthesia.
Objectives: To assess the awareness and concern of elective surgical patients towards anesthesia.
Methodology: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted over two months’ period in adult patients of age eighteen years and above. Two hundred surgical patients accessing services at the pre-anesthesia check-up clinic were interviewed using 12 questions assessing demographic characteristics, educational status and their knowledge about anesthesia.
Results: Out of 200 patients, only 32% knew that anesthesiologists provide anesthesia. It was found that 63% didn’t have any knowledge about the types of anesthesia. The most common fear among the participants about anesthesia was the fear of pain during surgery.
Conclusion: The study showed poor knowledge of patients regarding anesthesia.

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Author Biography

Sushila Lama Moktan, Lecturer, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Published

2019-06-30

How to Cite

Moktan, S. L., Shrestha, U., Sharma, M., & Karki, M. (2019). Awareness and concern towards anesthesia among patients undergoing surgical procedure: A cross-sectional study at pre-anesthetic clinic of a Teaching Hospital. Journal of Kathmandu Medical College, 8(2), 76–80. https://doi.org/10.3126/jkmc.v8i2.28168

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