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Title: The role of expectations in surgical recovery
Author: McCarthy, S. C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 7530
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2000
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Three papers report on the role of preoperative expectations and stress in surgical recovery. The first paper critically reviews the role of expectations in surgical recovery. It identifies various types of expectations, their relationship to recovery, and the theoretical and methodological concerns within the literature. The second paper focuses on the role of expectations in recovery before and after surgery, and at seven days follow-up. Preoperative expectations predicted symptom severity, speed of healing, speed of return to work and psychological distress seven days after surgery, after medical and anxiety factors were controlled. The third paper is a brief report comparing the relative contribution of stress and anxiety in recovery from oral surgery. Stress and trait anxiety together predicted postoperative energy ratings, number of symptoms, anxiety and depression at follow-up, after medical and gender effects were controlled. Stress also predicted postoperative complications. The importance of establishing the relationship between factors known to influence recovery, as well as their individual relationships with adverse recovery periods and the development of future preoperative interventions are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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