Abstract

Continuing Care Needs for Patients with Generalized Anxiety after Hospital Discharge

Author(s): Jiao Yu, Yuguo Yu

Background:

Many patients suffer from health problems arising from different levels of anxiety after hospital discharge. Thus, continuing treatment and care may be critical after discharge.

Objective:

To explore the application of continuing care in patients with generalized anxiety disorder after discharge.

Methods:

From February 2012 to December 2015, 162 patients with generalized anxiety disorder after discharge were randomly assigned to control group (n=78) and intervention group (n=84). Planning involves the patients in addressing their individual concerns and desires for a continuing care plan. Patients in the intervention group received telephone follow-up and psychological counseling after discharge. Using data gathered in the assessment, health care providers try to match patients with available resources based on patient eligibility and need. When indisposed symptoms appeared, continuing care was conducted with Chinese massage.

Results:

Self-rating anxiety scale scores were significantly lower in the intervention group than in the control group (P<0.05). Scores of medication compliance and regular return visit compliance were significantly higher in the intervention group than in the control group (P<0.05). Scores of quality of life were significantly greater in the intervention group than in the control group (P<0.05).

Conclusion:

Continuing care can relieve various indisposed symptoms and mental stress, lessen anxiety, and elevate quality of life in patients after discharge.


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