Factors related to fear in patients undergoing cataract surgery: a qualitative study focusing on factors associated with fear and reassurance among patients who need to undergo cataract surgery

Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Jul;47(3):265-72. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(02)00002-2.


The aim was to identify factors that are related to fear among patients who need to undergo cataract surgery. The data were collected by focus group interviews (n=27). The doctor-patient relationship, patient education, the wait, hospital organization, social support, sensations, previous experience, outcome of surgery, and coping strategies were identified as the main factors that contribute to feelings of fear related to cataract surgery. Five stages of fear were identified: at home after diagnosis, during preparation for surgery at the hospital, the day of surgery, the post-operative visits, and the period after these follow-up visits at home. A model regarding the factors related to fear in patients awaiting cataract surgery was developed, which emphasizes the importance of a good doctor-patient relationship, and the need for patient education that is tailored to the individual patients.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cataract / psychology*
  • Cataract Extraction / psychology*
  • Fear / psychology*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods