Geriatrik Hastaların Anestezi ile İlgili Bilgi Düzeyi, Anestezi Hakkında Bilmek Istedikleri ve Anesteziye Bağlı Kaygıları
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Aging population increases throughout the world and that makes anesthesiologist dealing with the problems about geriatric patients. Aim of this study is to search perception of geriatric polpulation about the role of anesthesiologist, desire for information and concerns of geriatric patients about anesthesia. After gaining ethics approval, between 18-64 years of age (group 1) 100 patients and over 65 years old (group 2) 100 patients answered questionnarie forms before the operation. Geriatric patients were compared with non geriatric adult patients. Questionnarie forms were answered by the patients one day before the operation with the supervision of the anesthesiologist which weren’t take apart in the sudy and the patients informed about that the answers do not effect their medical practice. Ki-kare test was used in statistical analyses. P<0.05 was used for statistical significance. Results of this study show that both group have a high level of information about the role of anesthesiologists, the facts that anesthesia is given by anesthesiologist and anesthesiologists are doctors. Geriatric patients meet their anesthesiologist before the operation more than other group and also geriatric patients accept different type of anesthesia suggested by their anesthesiologists, more than other group. But most of the geriatric patients do not want to choose their own anesthesiologist before the operation. Geriatric patients want to know about mostly the life threatining side effects of anesthesia. Geriatric patients mostly worry about the risk of permanent paralyses after anesthesia. Fear and anxiety level is low in low-educated patients. Geriatric patients who have previous anesthesia experience worried about pain after surgery. An important way of making patients informed about anesthesia, reducing worries and anxiety of patients is preoperative visits. The result is that more time is needed to be given patients during preoperative visits and considering their expactations is important before the operation.