Anesthesia- patient’s apprehension, concerns, and counseling

  • Dr. Chandra Shekhar Mishra Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, LN Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Dr. Sushant Saxena Final Year Postgraduate, Department of Anaesthesia, LNMC and JK Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Dr. Anuj Dubey Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, LNMC and JK Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Keywords: General Anaesthesia, Fear of anaesthesia, Patient’s counselling


Introduction: To allay anxiety and resolve the patient’s apprehension regarding general anesthesia through counseling. Patients presenting to PAC were asked to participate in a 2-way conversation meant to evaluate and study his apprehension, concerns in relation to anesthesia, and subsequently, a counseling session was given to answer his doubts and resolve his fear.

Material and Methods: In the study, it was found the fear of death was the greatest concern. The other major concerns were fear of paralysis and heart attack.

Results: The level of fear decreased as the severity of surgery decreased. For major surgery, the fear of death differed significantly with age, especially with increasing age came a lessened fear of death. Counseling by anesthesia provider regarding the fear that the patient reported help to reduce the anxiety. It allows for a more personalized approach towards the patient. It helps anesthesia provider to tailor the informed consent process.

Conclusion: In general, the study increases awareness regarding anesthesia among patient and their relatives.


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DOI: 10.17511/ijmrr.2020.i04.03
Published: 2020-08-26
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Dr. Chandra Shekhar Mishra, Dr. Sushant Saxena, Dr. Anuj Dubey. Anesthesia- patient’s apprehension, concerns, and counseling. Int J Med Res Rev [Internet]. 2020Aug.26 [cited 2021May6];8(4):302-6. Available from:
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