Sick with Worry
Anxious patients are 12.4 times more likely to experience pain during cataract surgery
Phoebe Harkin | | Quick Read
What’s the correlation between anxiety and pain? That’s the question researchers at Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel, set out to answer in a recent prospective, observational study. 103 patients were asked to score their anxiety before cataract surgery on a scale of 1 to 10, and then their pain – again, on a scale of 1 to 10 – immediately after. Severe anxiety and severe pain – both defined as higher than 7 – were found in 17 and 16 percent of the patients, respectively. Though 65 percent of the patients experienced an expected level of pain, 20 percent experienced more than expected. Here’s the kicker: patients with severe anxiety were 12.4 times more likely to experience severe pain after cataract surgery than those without.
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