Preoperative nursing intervention to relieve stress

Br J Nurs. 1992 Jun 11-24;1(4):171-2, 174. doi: 10.12968/bjon.1992.1.4.171.


Stress and anxiety produce physiological and psychological distress which impedes recovery postoperatively. Nurses can facilitate patient independence preoperatively through a combination of sensory stimulation techniques, communication and counselling.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Music Therapy
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Preoperative Care / methods*
  • Stress, Psychological / nursing*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control