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Volume 31 Issue 3 (September 1992), Pages 257-384

Pre‐operative anxiety variables as possible predictors of post‐operative stay in hospital (pages 366-368)

The extent to which measures of pre‐operative anxiety predict post‐operative hospital stay, over and above what is predicted by biographical, medical status and post‐operative anxiety variables, was examined in 81 cholecystectomy patients. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis revealed that patients who were older, had lower health status and suffered from wound infection, had a longer post‐operative hospital stay than others. None of the pre‐operative anxiety measures had a significant incremental value in the prediction of the post‐operative hospital stay.

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