Is the Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS) a Valid Tool in Guiding the Management of Preoperative Anxiety in Adult Patients? A Literature Review

Sarah Spanner, Lynn Sayer

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Abstract

Background

Preoperative anxiety is a common problem that affects 60-85% of patients undergoing elective surgery and results in adverse outcomes. However, health professionals' often have little time to fully assess and manage preoperative anxiety. As a consequence the Amsterdam preoperative anxiety and information scale (APAIS) was developed to assess anxiety and the patient's need for information. This literature review aims to examine the validity of APAIS. These papers were critically appraised using a tool for quantitative studies.
Method

A systematic search was conducted using the databases CINAHL, Medline, and PubMed. Seven quantitative studies were identified that sought to determine the validity of APAIS. All papers showed APAIS to have good internal and external validity and good reliability.
Conclusion

The review found that APAIS has the potential to aid the management of preoperative anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberDOI: 10.36959/545/368
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing and Practice
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Anxiety, Preoperative period, Anaesthetics, Amsterdam preoperative anxiety and information scale (APAIS), Validate

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