Effects of the contact isolation application on anxiety and depression levels of the patients

Int J Nurs Pract. 2012 Aug;18(4):340-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2012.02049.x.


This study was aimed to assess the effects of contact isolation application on anxiety and depression levels of the patients, the effects of certain sociodemographics and patient characteristics on anxiety and depression levels, and the thoughts of the isolated patients about contact isolation. This non-randomized quasi-experimental study was carried out with 60 isolated and 57 non-isolated patients with hospital infection. The data were acquired from Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-A (anxiety) and HADS-D (depression)) and patient information form. There was no statistically significant difference between the anxiety and depression levels of the isolated and non-isolated patients. In the isolated patients, the depression points were higher in patients who were, women, received primary education and had lower income levels. Of the patients, 86.4% of them told that they were happy to be in the isolation room. Contact isolation application did not affect anxiety and depression levels of the patients. However, personal attributes increased the development of depression. In contact isolated patients, personal attributes should be taken into consideration in nursing care planning to prevent development of depression.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Anxiety / etiology*
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Cross Infection / psychology*
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Isolation / psychology*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors