|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 22-25
Assessment of level of depression and anxiety in pre- and postoperative stages: A prospective cross-sectional study in SCB Medical College, Cuttack
Srikanta Panda1, Narendranath Samantaray2, Monisha Patanaik2, Debasish Sahoo3, Anshuman Sarangi4, Somanatha Jena5
1 Department of Surgery, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Institute (Centre of Excellence), SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India
3 Department of Microbiology, IMS and SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
4 Dnadvent Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., KIIT Technology Business Incubator, KIIT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
5 Department of Biotechnology, BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
|Date of Web Publication||11-Mar-2019|
Dnadvent Lab, Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., KIIT-Technology Business Incubator, Campus-11, KIIT, Bhubaneswar - 751 024, Odisha
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Objectives: Mood disorders are considered to be prevalent in hospitalized patients. Our study aimed to investigate the prevalence of depression and anxiety symptoms in pre- and postoperative stage in surgical patients. Methods: We included 60 surgical patients in this cross-sectional study which includes 43 male and 17 female patients and average age of 38.8 years. Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale were used to screen for symptoms of depression and anxiety at 12 h after admission for electively scheduled surgeries and 12–24 h after the surgery for patients undergoing emergency surgery. Results: In presurgery stage, anxiety was found to be prevalent in 43.3% of patients while depression is 38%. In postsurgery stage, anxiety and depression were found in 18.3% and 35% of patients, respectively. Conclusions: Both anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in pre- and postoperative stage of surgery. Such symptoms should be attended with more seriousness, otherwise would lead to higher morbidity and mortality.
Keywords: Anxiety, depression, stress, surgery
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Panda S, Samantaray N, Patanaik M, Sahoo D, Sarangi A, Jena S. Assessment of level of depression and anxiety in pre- and postoperative stages: A prospective cross-sectional study in SCB Medical College, Cuttack. Apollo Med 2019;16:22-5
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Panda S, Samantaray N, Patanaik M, Sahoo D, Sarangi A, Jena S. Assessment of level of depression and anxiety in pre- and postoperative stages: A prospective cross-sectional study in SCB Medical College, Cuttack. Apollo Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Sep 24];16:22-5. Available from: https://www.apollomedicine.org/text.asp?2019/16/1/22/253880
| Introduction|| |
Anxiety, depression, and stress are common in patients during hospitalization and considered to be indisputable. The effects of these emotional states are consistent in nature and impact on people's physical and psychological well-being. They are influenced by each person's individual differences, personality traits, and surgical process.,
Various studies have documented the variation in the degree of these emotional studies in different stages of surgery. In many studies, anxiety during preoperative stage was significantly higher than their postoperative stage. Major depressive disorder has been a frequent complication of surgery. Depression is a frequent cause of morbidity in surgery patients suffering from a wide range of conditions.
A study by Marcolino et al. on surgical cases showed the presence of anxiety and depression in 44.3% and 26.6% of patients, respectively, in the preoperative period of general surgery. In a study carried out during the preoperative period of myocardial revascularization surgery, the anxiety and depression were seen in 34.4% and 28.1% of patients, respectively, reinforcing high occurrence of these emotional states among hospitalized patients and, in particular, in those with cardiologic alterations with surgical indication and the importance of the early detection of these symptoms.
Review of studies has mentioned various factors associated with these psychological symptoms which are not only related to a poor adjustment to hospitalization distress, but also associated with adverse events and unsatisfactory outcomes. Although factors and process associated with psychological disorders and its relation to adverse outcomes in hospitalized patients have been explained to some extent,, screening strategies to identify patients at higher risk for hospitality-related mood disorders are not robust. Various studies need to focus on risk factors for depressive and anxiety disorders in inpatient settings which have not been exclusively determined.,
Advantage of identifying anxiety and depressive symptoms awaiting for surgery allows the planning of appropriate interventions to improve such symptoms, individually, on one's needs, or even on health education groups, preparing patients for a surgical procedure.
Risk stratification in hospitalized patients for mood disorders could also help in identifying those with a higher probability to develop poor outcomes. This is of particular importance when considering that depression and anxiety disorders have been associated with readmission, higher morbidity and mortality, and even postdischarge psychiatric diagnosis.
| Methods|| |
Sixty patients admitted to the surgery ward of SCB Medical College, Cuttack, were enrolled consecutively in this prospective observational cross-sectional study, of whom 43 were male and 17 were female. The average age was 38.8 years. The majority of our study population had lower-middle socioeconomic status, supportive familial relationships, and religious belief. The Institutional Ethics Committee of SCB Medical College approved the study protocol.
Patients aged ≥18 years who were conscious and cooperative and gave their informed consent were enrolled in the study. Patients with a diagnosis of current psychiatric disorder, who were taking antidepressive, anxiolytic, or antipsychotic medications, or had an altered mental status were excluded from the study.
A clinical psychologist used the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) to evaluate patients' mood symptoms at 12 h after admission for electively scheduled surgeries and 12–24 h after the surgery for patients undergoing emergency surgery. Demographics and other clinical and surgical characteristics of patients were also recorded.
HAM-D was developed by Max Hamilton to evaluate the severity of symptoms of depression. Test–retest reliability and inter-rater reliability of HAM-D is 0.81, and validity of HAM-D ranges from 0.65 to 0.90. It consists of 21 items; however, only 17 items are scored about symptoms of depression experienced over the past week. Eight items are scored on a 5-point scale ranging from 0 (not present) to 4 (severe). Nine items are scored from 0 to 2. A score of 0–7 is accepted to be within normal range. A score of 8–13 indicates mild severity, 14–18 indicates moderate severity, 19–22 indicates severe depression, and score more than 23 indicates very severe level of depression.
HAM-A was developed by Max Hamilton to evaluate the severity of symptoms of anxiety. It consists of 14 items scored on a 5-point scale ranging from 0 to 4. A score of <17 is accepted to be within mild range. A score of 18–24 indicates mild-to-moderate level of anxiety and 25–30 indicates severe level of anxiety.
| Results|| |
The sociodemographic features of the study population are described in [Table 1]. Our study included 60 patients of which 43 were males and 17 were female.48 of them were married with 41 from rural background and 19 urban. In the parameter of education 44 patients were matriculate and above.
Hamilton Depression rating (HAMD) and Hamilton anxiety rating (HAMA) scores are represented in [Table 2] showing preoperative and postoperative stages. In preoperative stage anxiety was prevalent in 43.3 % patients while depression in 38% patients. Whereas in postoperative stage anxiety was 18.3% and depression 35% patients.
|Table 2: Pre- and postscores of Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale scores|
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| Discussion|| |
Our study was carried out in an inpatient setting to screen patients admitted to the surgical ward for symptoms of depression and anxiety at pre- and postsurgery stages. Our findings suggest that both these emotional states are highly prevalent in both stages of surgery. In presurgery stage, anxiety was found to be prevalent in 43.3% while depression is 38%. In postsurgery stage, anxiety and depression were found in 18.3% and 35%, respectively.
Similarly, high prevalence is also seen in other studies; anxiety and depression in the preoperative period of general surgery are 44.3% and 26.6%, respectively, and 34.4% and 28.1% in a study by Carneiro et al.
However, in a large administrative study by Daratha et al., in a hospital setting, only 2.3% of adult patients who had been hospitalized for any medical conditions were diagnosed with co-occurred mood disorders. In contrast, a study by Rentsch et al., looking at hospitalized patients in an internal medicine department, identified 26.9% of patients with depressive disorders and 11.3% with major depression based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria and 34.9% with depressive disorder and 18.4% with major depression according to the Patient Health Questionnaire criteria.
A national survey showed anxiety to be high in 19.7% of the 106 preoperative patients evaluated, with anxiety being significantly higher in women than men.
In various studies, depression at the time of admission was significantly associated with longer hospital stay, a previous history of mood disorders, the need for surgery or reoperation, underlying diseases, surgical complication, and lack of familial support. Indeed, these predictors are either a stressor to newly admitted patients or a supporting factor that if present would help the patients to adopt their conditions.
However, on admission, anxiety symptoms were significantly associated with female gender, lower educational level, and previous history of mood disorders in univariate analysis in literature. Anxiety in the second week was also related to the need for a surgical procedure for the admission-related condition. Later, depression also correlated with lack of familial support and being under the poverty line. Liberzon et al. identified risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorders or depressive symptoms in patients with an aortic aneurysm or occlusive diseases as younger age, having increased preoperative blood pressure, and being incubated at the end of the surgery.
Another study using HADS investigated factors associated with suicidal thoughts among hospitalized patients. The study revealed that admission to the infectious disease department and oncology and hematology units presents a higher probability of suicidal ideation. Their results also revealed that suicidal ideation was associated with depression at younger age, alcohol abuse, and smoking. Many other studies concluded that female gender, retired or in a disabled job condition, low income and bad family relationships, and presence of chronic somatic illness were risk factors for depression among hospitalized patients. Depression had a high comorbidity with organic mental and anxiety disorders.
Various researches have suggested that factors including a poor familial support, type of diseases, need for reoperation, postoperative complications, previous history of mood disorders and other psychiatric disorders, and unsatisfactory outcomes may play an important role in the development of mood symptoms among surgical in patients with varying significance.
Several authors emphasized,, that it is necessary to acknowledge more and more importance to the influence of adequate preoperative information on the postoperative course: in other words the patients psychological reality is a key determinant in anxiety and depression. Furthermore, the precise role of the psychologist within the hospital structure is to be recognized and confirmed on the basis of the above considerations, especially in view of a correct program of prevention of anxiety and depression linked to surgery both in the patients and in those concerned with them.
However, most of the studies have emphasized that such behavioral and emotional symptoms in nonpsychiatric units should be attended with more seriousness.,, These mood disorders in their severe form can predispose the admitted patients to higher morbidity and mortality more than three times than general population.
| Conclusions|| |
Our findings suggest that both anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in pre- and postoperative stage of surgery. In presurgery stage, anxiety was found to be prevalent in 43.3% while depression is 38%. In postsurgery stage, anxiety and depression were found in 18.3% and 35%, respectively. Various analyses of literature suggest that such behavioral and emotional symptoms in nonpsychiatric units should be attended with more seriousness and these in their severe form can predispose the admitted patients to higher morbidity and mortality.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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