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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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VARGAS, Tatiana Victorelli Pires; MAIA, Emanuelle Mendonça  and  DANTAS, Rosana Aparecida Spadoti. Patient feelings during the preoperative period for cardiac surgery. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.3, pp.383-388. ISSN 1518-8345.

This qualitative study aimed to identify the feelings patients presented when confronted with the news about the need to undergo cardiac surgery and, later, during the preoperative period. Twenty male patients were interviewed. The case study methodology was adopted and the analysis process resulted in two theme categories: Feelings of apprehension (fear, worry, anxiety, suspicion and jittery) and Positive and hopeful feelings. We observed that, although both categories were present at the two moments, over time, during the preoperative period, the need for surgical intervention was accepted better and the Feelings of apprehension started to be mentioned less, while the Positive and hopeful feelings were most frequently mentioned by the patients.

Keywords : thoracic surgery; perioperative care; emotions; nursing.

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