The effect of cyberchondria status and severity on pre-operative patient readiness [J Psy Nurs]
J Psy Nurs. 2024; 15(1): 41-49 | DOI: 10.14744/phd.2024.04382

The effect of cyberchondria status and severity on pre-operative patient readiness

Özlem Soyer Er1, Hazel Keskin2
1Department of Surgical Nursing, Afyonkarahisar University of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Afyonkarahisar, Türkiye
2Department of General Surgery, Afyonkarahisar Health Sciences Health Practice and Research Center, Afyonkarahisar, Türkiye

INTRODUCTION: The study was aimed to determine the effect of the cyberchondria status and severity of the patients on their readiness for surgery.
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 375 patients who received care in the surgical wards of a university hospital between February 10 and April 30, 2023, were included. Data were collected using the Cyberchondria Scale (CS), Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS), and the Pre-operative Assessment of Readiness Tool (PART). Data were evaluated by Mann–Whitney U test, t-test, one-way ANOVA, Mann–Kruskal Wallis, and linear regression analysis.
RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 38.0±9.7 years, and 54.1% were female. 59.2% of the patients stated that they spent more than 4 h on the Internet. The mean scores of the patients were 82.7±7.1 for the PART, 72.0±17.5 for the CS, and 33.0±8.6 for the CSS. Cyberchondria status was positively affected (p=0.026), and the severity of cyberchondria negatively affected pre-operative patient readiness. Doctor–patient interaction and dysfunctional Internet use positively affect readiness for surgery. Excessiveness had a negative effect, and distress had a positive effect (p<0.05).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: In patients who will undergo surgery, it was determined that readiness for surgery was high and cyberchondria status had a positive effect, while cyberchondria severity had a negative effect.

Keywords: Anxiety, health literacy, Internet addiction disorder, nursing, pre-operative period, psychology.

Özlem Soyer Er, Hazel Keskin. The effect of cyberchondria status and severity on pre-operative patient readiness. J Psy Nurs. 2024; 15(1): 41-49

Corresponding Author: Özlem Soyer Er, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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