Depression And Anxiety In Patients Undergoing Hysterectomy

Article Title: Depression And Anxiety In Patients Undergoing Hysterectomy

Author(s): Yasmin N. Farooqi

Journal: Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society


Objectives: The present research evaluated depression and anxiety in patients undergoing hysterectomy during their pre-surgical and post surgical phases.

Design: A Pre-Post Research Design was used.

Place and duration of study: This study has carried out at Department of Gynaecology Lady Wellington Hospital Lahore Pakistan

Subjects & Methods: Sample consisted of 50 hysterectomy patients, selected from the Gynaecology Department of Lady Wellington Hospital of Lahore, Pakistan. Each subject was individually administered Depression Scale and Anxiety Check-List twice; that is: 1-7 days before and 1-7 days after surgery.

Results: All the hysterectomy patients seemed to experience more depression (t=-2.55;df=48;*p<0.05) and anxiety (t= -5.74;df=48;*p<0.05) during their post-surgical phase as compared to their pre-surgical phase, probably due to the psychosocial and cultural misconceptions and biased attitudes attached to “loss of uterus” in Pakistani society where a woman’s status and role primarily revolves around her reproductive capacity.

Key words: Hysterectomy, Anxiety, Depression

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