Title

Annual Examination and the Overly Anxious Patient

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

Fall 10-26-2015

Conference Name

2015 NAFC Charitable Health Care Symposium

Conference Location

Palm Springs, California

Publisher

MA Healthcare Ltd.

Place of Publication

London, England

Publication Date

8-2013

Volume

24

Issue

8

Inclusive pages

403-406

Peer Review

Yes

Abstract

Varying degrees of nervousness may be found in patients presenting for gynecologic examination. It is the clinician's role to distinguish typical (expected) anxiety from that which is considered excessive. Extreme stress reactions may occur from a variety of reasons including prior sexual assault, post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or intimate partner violence. Approach to care delivery is critical for establishing a trusting relationship. Case study format will be used to discuss stress-reducing techniques during annual examinations.

Keywords

anxiety, annual examination, nervousness

Disciplines

Nursing

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