Spinal Surgery Patients’ Preoperative Education Effects

Marwan Abdulmalek Qaid Ahmad, Nawwaf Saleh Mohammed Alghamdi, Ossama Ghazi E Almalki, Alkathiri Saleh Mousa A, Sami Naji G Almutiri, Mohammed Ayadhah F Alanazi, Alhumaidi Mohammed A Alhafi


Preoperative patient education (PE) has been used by many institutions to deal with patient anxiety, pain control, and overall satisfaction. Although the literature suggests PE’s effectiveness in joint reconstruction, data are missing in spinal surgery. This research  retrospectively analyzed patients having elective spinal surgery who underwent PE (spine pre-care class) from January 2016 to June 2016. Of the 160 patients surveyed, (36.5%) attended the class whereas (63.5%) did not. Results of the participants in the pre-care class, 86% were satisfied with their pain management versus 73% in the control group. There was also a trend for better overall satisfaction in the pre-care class group (88.1% vs 85, multiple regression analysis). Elderly women tend to be less satisfied with pain management and overall treatment. The study concluded that the implementation of PE has had a positive impact on patient satisfaction, especially in terms of pain management.


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