Psychological interventions in the pre-surgical period

M. S. Alberts, J. S. Lyons, R. J. Moretti, J. C. Erickson

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The literature on pre-surgical psychological interventions designed to improve psychological adjustment to and recovery from surgery, as well as increase cost-effectiveness, is reviewed. Three broad classifications of interventions (information-based interventions, behaviorally-oriented interventions, and insight-oriented interventions) are discussed based on previous studies aimed at demonstrating the utility of each approach. Limitations of the research in this area are presented and recommendations are made for effective implementation of pre-surgical interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-106
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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