The study was registered in the ClinicalTrial.gov Protocol Registration System (NCT00527332), with initial release 7 September 2007.
Impact of stress coping capacity on recovery from abdominal hysterectomy in a fast-track programme: a prospective longitudinal study
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Authors BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology © 2012 RCOG
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 119, Issue 8, pages 998–1007, July 2012
How to Cite
Kjølhede, P., Borendal Wodlin, N., Nilsson, L., Fredrikson, M. and Wijma, K. (2012), Impact of stress coping capacity on recovery from abdominal hysterectomy in a fast-track programme: a prospective longitudinal study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 119: 998–1007. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03342.x
- Issue published online: 17 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
- Accepted 12 March 2012. Published Online 9 May 2012.
Vol. 119, Issue 10, 1291, Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
- Abdominal hysterectomy;
- general anaesthesia;
- spinal anaesthesia;
- stress coping capacity
Please cite this paper as: Kjølhede P, Borendal Wodlin N, Nilsson L, Fredrikson M, Wijma K. Impact of stress coping capacity on recovery from abdominal hysterectomy in a fast-track programme: a prospective longitudinal study. BJOG 2012;119:998–1007.
Objective To evaluate the effect of stress coping capacity in combination with mode of anaesthesia on postoperative recovery in fast-track abdominal hysterectomy.
Design Prospective longitudinal study.
Setting Five hospitals in the south-east of Sweden.
Population A cohort of 162 women undergoing fast-track abdominal hysterectomy for benign conditions.
Methods Self-administered questionnaires, the Stress Coping Inventory (SCI) and the Swedish Postoperative Symptom Questionnaire (SPSQ), and clinical information were collected prospectively. Stress coping capacity was categorised as high or low according to the summed score of the SCI. Comparisons of effect variables were adjusted using a propensity score-matching model.
Main outcome measures Associations between stress coping capacity and hospital stay, sick leave, use of analgesic and self-reported postoperative symptoms.
Results Women with high stress coping capacity had a significantly shorter sick leave, experienced postoperative symptoms significantly less often, and with lower intensity, than women with low stress coping capacity. With the exception of symptom intensity, these findings were related to having had the operation under spinal anaesthesia as opposed to general anaesthesia. Hospital stay, use of analgesics and abdominal pain were not related to stress coping capacity.
Conclusions In patients for whom spinal anaesthesia was applied, high stress coping seems to be a quality that helps patients manage the burden of surgery. It is desirable for the individual, as well as for the healthcare system, to enhance recovery by using intervention programmes designed to improve or manage stress coping, particularly for individuals with low stress coping capacity. This recommendation merits further investigation.