Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
The purpose of this experimental, pretest/posttest study was to examine the effectiveness of a preoperative patient education handbook developed by postanesthesia care unit (PACU) nurses in decreasing state anxiety of veterans undergoing minor elective surgery. State anxiety was measured by the State Anxiety Scale of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, developed by Spielberger, Gorsuch, Luschene, Vagg, and Jacobs (1983). The population for the study was composed of veterans undergoing elective surgery in a hospital which is part of the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System. The sample consisted of 38 patients admitted to the hospital for a variety of minor elective surgeries. The results provided implications for the use of the preoperative patient education handbook in this veteran patient population.
Steen, Garletta White, "The Effectiveness of a Preoperative Patient Education Handbook in Decreasing Anxiety of Veterans Undergoing Elective Surgery" (1995). Theses & Dissertations. 295.