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Título: Performing PET/CT studies: do they create anxiety?
Autor: Abreu, Carla
Lucena, Filipa
Grilo, Ana Monteiro
Palavras-chave: Nuclear medicine
PET-CT
Anxiety
Data: Mai-2014
Citação: Abreu C, Lucena F, Grilo A. Performing PET/CT studies: do they create anxiety? In International Conference of Nuclear Medicine Technologies & X Seminar of Nuclear Medicine from Lisbon School of Health Technology, Lisbon, 30-31 May 2014.
Resumo: Introduction: Anxiety is a common problem in primary care and specialty medical settings. Treating an anxious patient takes more time and adds stress to staff. Unrecognised anxiety may lead to exam repetition, image artifacts and hinder the scan performance. Reducing patient anxiety at the onset is probably the most useful means of minimizing artifactual FDG uptake, both fat brown and skeletal muscle uptake, as well patient movement and claustrophobia. The aim of the study was to examine the effects of information giving on the anxiety levels of patients who are to undergo a PET/CT and whether the patient experience is enhanced with the creation of a guideline. Methodology: Two hundred and thirty two patients were given two questionnaires before and after the procedure to determine their prior knowledge, concerns, expectations and experiences about the study. Verbal information was given by one of the technologists after the completion of the first questionnaire. Results: Our results show that the main causes of anxiety in patients who are having a PET/CT is the fear of the procedure itself, and fear of the results. The patients who suffered from greater anxiety were those who were scanned during the initial stage of a disease. No significant differences were found between the anxiety levels pre procedural and post procedural. Findings with regard to satisfaction show us that the amount of information given before the procedure does not change the anxiety levels and therefore, does not influence patient satisfaction. Conclusions: The performance of a PET/CT scan is an important and statistically generator of anxiety. PET/CT patients are often poorly informed and present with a range of anxieties that may ultimately affect examination quality. The creation of a guideline may reduce the stress of not knowing what will happen, the anxiety created and may increase their satisfaction in the experience of having a PET/CT scan.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.21/5548
Versão do Editor: http://sites.estesl.ipl.pt/icnmt/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/AbstractBook_IICNMT_final_julho.pdf
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