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Matching intra-procedural information with coping style reduces psychophysiological arousal in women undergoing colposcopy

Kola, Susanna, Walsh, Jane C., Hughes, Brian M. and Howard, Siobhan (2013) Matching intra-procedural information with coping style reduces psychophysiological arousal in women undergoing colposcopy. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 36 (4). pp. 401-412. ISSN 0160-7715

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Abstract

This study assessed the combined effects of coping style and intra-procedural information on indices of distress (physiological measures, observed distress, self-report measures of anxiety and affect) among a group of patients undergoing colposcopy. High and low monitors were exposed to one of three interventions: high information (live video feed of colposcopy); low information (complete audiovisual distraction); and control. Results revealed a 2 (monitoring style) × 3 (information level) × 2 (time) interaction for systolic blood pressure (SBP), F(2, 111) = 3.55, p = .032. Among low monitors, patients in the low-information group exhibited significant SBP reductions during colposcopy, while those in the high-information group exhibited SBP increases. Among high monitors, patients in the high-information and control groups exhibited SBP reductions. Further, significant differences in observed signs of distress were found between groups with high monitors in the low-information group faring best overall, F(2, 111) = 4.41, p = .014. These findings indicate that tailoring information to suit individual coping style may maximize the apparent efficacy of interventions aimed at reducing stress during medical examinations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10865-012-9435-z
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2013 10:19
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 07:34
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/17995

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