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Volume 24 Issue 4 (November 1985), Pages 225-304

Cognitive methods of preparing women for hysterectomy: Does a booklet help? (pages 303-304)

Thirty women about to undergo hysterectomy were sequentially assigned to three equal groups. The first two groups were taught methods of cognitive control over anxiety, either through a detailed booklet (group 1) or orally (group 2). The third group served as attention‐placebo controls. The two experimental groups reported less pain and distress than the control group, who spent longer in hospital and were more prone to post‐operative vomiting. The booklet proved neither more nor less beneficial than oral teaching on the criteria adopted, and is therefore seen as more cost effective.

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