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Patients’ Perception of Stressors in Medical-Surgical Units
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  • 1 Research Center for Nursing and Midwifery Care, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
  • Correspondence should be addressed to Zohreh Kalani, Research Center for Nursing and Midwifery Care, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran; Tel: ; Fax: ; Email: kalani_z@yahoo.com.

Abstract

Studies have shown that hospitals and its settings are effective factors for inducing worry, anxiety and stress in patients. Stress, affects patient's ability to fight disease and reduces the therapeutic efficacy. Studies have shown that nurse judgment of stressors often is different with the patient's perception of stress and stressors. This descriptive study was conducted at two general hospitals in Yazd city (Iran) to find out the perception of stress among hospitalized patients. Two hundred sixty patients hospitalized in medical-surgical units were selected; a hospital stress rating scale questionnaire with 45 potentially stressful situations was used. The questionnaires were filled through interview. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The most frequently perceived stressful hospital experiences were “exertion in unusual conditions” and “lack of ensures the diagnosis and treatment” (respectively 2.71  1.31 and 2.69  1.47). Paying attention to these findings helps clinical nurses and other health care team to enable predicts stressors, plan interventions and modify the nursing care provided.

Keywords

Hospital stressor, Patient, Medical-surgical units, Nursing

  • * This paper has been published in Volume 2, 2017, Issue 1, Pages: 6-9
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