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Evaluating Pictures of Nature and Soft Music on Anxiety and Well-Being During Elective Surgery
Vrinnevi Hospital Norrköping, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9679-8461
Linköping University, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Open Nursing Journal, ISSN 1874-4346, E-ISSN 1874-4346, Vol. 12, p. 58-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Patients going through surgery being awake often have a sense of anxiety and need support to relax.

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate whether looking at pictures of natural scenery could reduce anxiety and pain and increase relaxation and well-being being awake during the elective surgery.

Methods: This three-arm, randomized intervention study consisted of one group viewing pictures of natural scenery, one group listening to soft instrumental music, and one control group without distraction, all adult patients (n=174). The State Trait Anxiety Inventory short form and a visual analogue scale on well-being were used as well as sedation treatment if necessary.

Results: No differences related to anxiety after surgery were found among the three groups. When controlling for the effect of sedative treatment, however, patients without sedation had a lower degree of anxiety postoperatively (p=0.014). Younger patients had a higher degree of anxiety and lower degree of postoperative relaxation and well-being.

Conclusion: Viewing pictures of natural scenery while being awake during elective surgery is as relaxing as listening to soft instrumental music. Offering nature scenery pictures for patients to view could be relaxing during the elective surgery.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bentham Open , 2018. Vol. 12, p. 58-66
Keywords [en]
Anesthesia, Awake, Distraction, Intervention, Music, Pictures
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-83052DOI: 10.2174/1874434601812010058PubMedID: 29755608Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046822201OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-83052DiVA, id: diva2:1317769
Available from: 2019-05-23 Created: 2019-05-23 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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