Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS)

Preoperative anxiety is a frequent and challenging problem with deleterious effects on the development of surgical procedures and postoperative outcomes. To prevent and treat preoperative anxiety effectively, the level of anxiety of patients needs to be assessed through valid and reliable measuring instruments. One such measurement tool is the Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS).

The Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS)

  1. I am worried about the anesthetic
  2. The anesthetic is on my mind continually
  3. I would like to know as much as possible about the anesthetic
  4. I am worried about the procedure
  5. The procedure is on my mind continually
  6. I would like to know as much as possible about the procedure

The measure of agreement with these statements should be graded on a 5-point Likert scale from 1 “not at all” to 5 “extremely.”

A score of ≥11 identify anxious patients in clinical practice.

 

References:

  1. Berth H, Petrowski K, Balck F. The Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS) – the first trial of a German version. Psychosoc Med. 2007 Feb 20;4:Doc01. [Medline]
  2. Vergara-Romero M, Morales-Asencio JM, Morales-Fernández A, Canca-Sanchez JC, Rivas-Ruiz F, Reinaldo-Lapuerta JA. Validation of the Spanish version of the Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS). Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 Jun 7;15(1):120. [Medline]
  3. Moerman N, van Dam FS, Muller MJ, Oosting H. The Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS) Anesth Analg. 1996 Mar;82(3):445-51. [Medline]

 

Created Jun 04, 2018.

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