Psychological preparation as a method of reducing the stress of surgery.

@article{Wallace1984PsychologicalPA,
  title={Psychological preparation as a method of reducing the stress of surgery.},
  author={Louise M. Wallace},
  journal={Journal of human stress},
  year={1984},
  volume={10 2},
  pages={62-77}
}
Studies of the preparation of adult patients for surgery are reviewed. While many show that preparation reduces stress, the studies are criticized for methodological and conceptual inadequacies. In particular, studies often fail to measure a range of stress responses, and also fail to provide measures over a sufficient time span to fully assess the effect of preparation on stress responses which are known to have differing rates of responsiveness. The experimental study was specifically… CONTINUE READING